Urinary Tract Infection (UTI)

Urinary Tract Infection (UTI)

What is Urinary Tract Infection?

Urinary tract infection is an infection in any part of the urinary system. When it affects the lower urinary tract, it is known as cystitis, a bladder infection. When it affects the upper urinary tract, it is known as pyelonephritis, a kidney infection.

Symptoms of Urinary Tract Infection

Symptoms of urinary tract infection include painful urination, frequency in urination, feeling the need to urinate even though the bladder is empty, fever and pain in the flank.

Diagnosing Urinary Tract Infection

A urinalysis and urine culture test are done to diagnose urinary tract infection. It will look for white blood cells, red blood cells or bacteria. If you have recurrent urinary tract infections, the doctor may perfrom a cystoscopy using a small and narrow tube (cystoscope) to see inside the urethra and bladder.

Treatments for Urinary Tract Infection

Treatment for urinary tract infection includes Medication which is usually antibiotics. Patients are advised to drink plenty of water.

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