Urinary Tract Infection
The structure responsible for production, transportation, storage and excretion of urine form the urinary tract. Kidney, ureters, bladder and urethra are structures involved in urine formation and excretion process. Kidney filters nearly 3 ounces of blood, removes waste materials every minute. When these get infected with entry of any micro organism or any other pathological condition, then the person gets urinary tract infection (UTI).
Causes of Urinary Tract Infection
Urinary tract infections typically occur when bacteria enter the urinary tract through the urethra and begin to multiply in the bladder. Although the urinary system is designed to keep out such microscopic invaders, these defenses sometimes fail. When that happens, bacteria may take hold and grow into a full-blown infection in the urinary tract.
Symptoms of Urinary Tract Infection
- A strong, persistent urge to urinate
- A burning sensation when urinating
- Passing frequent, small amounts of urine
- Urine that appears cloudy
- Urine that appears red, bright pink or cola-colored a sign of blood in the urine
- Strong-smelling urine
- Pelvic pain, in women especially in the center of the pelvis and around the area of the pubic bone
Some steps to reduce your risk of urinary tract infections:
- Drink plenty of liquids, especially water.
- Drink cranberry juice.
- Empty your bladder soon after intercourse.
- Avoid potentially irritating feminine products.
- Change your birth control method.