What Is A UTI?

A UTI (Urinary Tract Infection) is an infection anywhere in the urinary tract. The urinary tract is the body’s drainage system for removing wastes and extra water. Infections are most commonly caused by bacteria. Bacteria that enter the urinary tract are quickly removed by the body before they cause symptoms however sometimes bacteria overcome the body’s natural defenses and cause infection.23

Parts of the urinary tract include:24

1. Kidneys - these collect waste from blood to make urine.
2. Ureters - these carry the urine from the kidneys to the bladder.
3. Bladder - the bladder stores urine until it is full.
4. Urethra - the urethra is a short tube that carries urine from the bladder out of your body when you pass urine.

Female Urinary Tract

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UTI Symptoms

If you have a Urinary Tract Infection, then you may have some or all of these symptoms:23,24

  • A burning sensation when urinating;
  • Pain or stinging when passing urine;
  • An urge to pass urine a lot, but not much comes out when you go;
  • Urine that smells bad or looks milky, cloudy, or reddish in colour;
  • Pressure in your lower belly;
  • Feeling tired or shaky or having a fever;
  • Blood in the urine. If you see blood in your urine, tell a doctor right away.

Burning urination Frequent urination Cloudy urnine Painful urination Urgency to urinate

UTI Prevention Tips

Here are a few tips that may reduce your risk of developing a Urinary Tract Infection.24

Urinate when you need to. Don't hold it. Pass urine before and after sex.24

Drink water every day and after sexual intercourse. Try for 6 to 8 glasses a day.24

After you pass urine or have a bowel movement, wipe from front to back.24

Take showers instead of baths.24

Wear cotton underpants. Don’t wear tight-fitting pants, which can trap in moisture.24

If you get a lot of UTIs and use spermicides, or creams that kill sperm, talk to your doctor about using other forms of birth control.24

Ask your pharmacist for an appropriate treatment from Adcock Ingram, to obtain quick relief from the symptoms of a Urinary Tract Infection29


Frequently Asked Questions

How Are UTIs Treated?

UTIs are treated with antibiotics, medicines that kill the bacteria that cause the infection. Your doctor will tell you how long you need to take the medicine. Make sure you take all of your medicine, even if you feel better.24 If you stop treatment early, the infection may still be present or it could come back after a short time.26

In conjunction with specific antibacterial therapy, there are medications that provide relief from UTI symptoms. Antispasmodic medicines are often used to relieve symptoms such as the need to urinate urgently or frequently. These medicines relieve these symptoms by relieving the spasm in the urinary tract.27

For more serious infections such as kidney infection, you may need to stay in the hospital. These infections take longer to treat and you may be given medication intravenously (through a tube in a vein).26

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