Urinary tract infection, or UTI, occurs when bacteria enter the urinary system. The most common symptom of UTI is burning during urination. Other urinary tract infection symptoms include fatigue and sometimes fever.
The main cause of urinary tract infection is bacteria entering the urinary system through the urethra and spreading into the bladder. The most common bacteria that lead to UTI are Klebsiella pneumoniae and E. coli. Sexual activity increases the likelihood of UTI, as do obstructions in the urinary tract such as kidney stones. Other risk factors include diabetes, constipation, dehydration, and holding urine for long periods of time.
Treating Urinary Tract Infection
A UTI infection can sometimes be cured by home remedies such as staying hydrated or taking cranberry pills, which will flush and cleanse the urinary system. You can also take over the counter medications to reduce the spread of bacteria. If your condition does not improve in 24-48 hours, it’s time to follow up with your doctor.
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