A UTI is a urinary tract infection; essentially this refers to a bacterial infection involving any of the organs or tubes that carry urine from the kidney to the point of expulsion from the body. They are caused by microbes, such as bacteria, that overcomes the body’s defenses in the urinary tract.
Urinary tract infections are one of the most common types of infection and account for around 8 million doctor visits every year.
The most common symptoms tend to be pain or burning when passing water, passing water more frequently, fever and lower abdominal pain. In some patients, especially the elderly, more subtle signs may occur, such as confusion or lack of appetite.
Other symptoms of a UTI include blood in urine, cloudy or smelly pee, and feeling tired and unwell.
In order to provide a thorough and reassuring experience, Qured doctors will obtain a detailed and substantive history in addition to performing a methodical examination, including urine analysis. This is often enough, in experienced hands, to provide the necessary information required for a diagnosis.
The usual management is antibiotics, the duration of which will vary depending on gender and severity of infection.
Usually, if treated early and with appropriate antibiotics, these infections can be mild with no long term complications. Once a course of treatment is started, symptoms should start to clear up within 5 days for adults and 2 days for children. Additionally, it’s important to finish the whole course of antibiotics, even if you start to see improvements in your health. However, if left untreated for several days, the infection can spread elsewhere in the body and cause serious ill health, sometimes requiring hospital admission. Urgent consultation with one of our experienced doctors can help avoid this scenario.
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