Urinary Tract Infection 1

Monday, May 06, 2013

Urinary tract infections are the most common type of bacterial infection. The infections, if left untreated, can cause serious, even life-threatening, problems. Dr. Edward Hill discusses urinary tract infections in todays 60 Second Housecall.

Dr. Hill:

Urinary tract infections are the most common of all bacterial infections and occur when bacteria grow in the bladder, kidneys, ureters or urethra.

Urinary tract infections are more common in women than men and are also more common in older adults.

If not treated, urinary tract infections may cause serious, sometimes life-threatening problems and can also cause permanent damage to the urinary tract.

Repeated infections may indicate a problem with the shape or structure of the urinary tract. These problems sometimes require special long-term treatment to prevent permanent kidney injury.

People with urinary tract infections may have the following symptoms:

Pain or burning upon urination

Urge to urinate frequently, but usually passing only small quantities of urine

Foul-smelling urine

Cloudy urine

Pain in the back just below the rib cage, on one side of the body

Fever and chills, and

Nausea and vomiting

If you think you have a urinary tract infection, it is important to see your doctor.

For North Mississippi Medical Center, Im Dr. Edward Hill.