Urinary Tract Infection
A urinary tract infection is a common health condition that affects millions of people annually. Women are more prone to this type of infection then men, with twenty percent of women developing a urinary tract infection at some point in their lives. Infections in men however tend to be more difficult to treat. This condition can become serious, but it is also easily treated with antibiotics and easily prevented with a healthy diet and adequate fluid intake.
An infection of the urinary tract is caused by bacteria that has had the chance to flourish in the urinary system. In most cases the infection occurs in the bladder or urethra but it can develop in the kidneys as well. An infection of the kidneys is more serious and may take more time to treat. Normally, activity of the immune system and the flow of urine out of the body helps to prevent the proliferation of bacteria. When body ecology is altered and bacteria has the opportunity to enter the urinary system the body may not be able to prevent the bacterial growth.
Common symptoms of a urinary tract infection include frequent urination and a burning sensation during urination. The urine may also appear either cloudy or reddish and it may have a strong odor. Having to urinate but not being able to may also indicate an infection.
A doctor can prescribe an antibiotic medication to treat an infection of the urinary system. Other measures such as drinking plenty of clean water and cranberry juice, showering instead of bathing and urinating after sex can help to prevent recurring infections. It is important to see your doctor if you may have a urinary tract infection for proper diagnosis and to make sure the infection does not have the chance to become a serious health threat.