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Urinary Tract Infection (UTI)

01 Feb 2012
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OVERVIEW

A urinary tract infection (UTI) is a common bacterial infection of the urinary tract, and can occur in men, women and children. It is caused by bacteria entering the urinary tract.

Causes
  • Urethritis
  • Cystitis
  • Kidney infection
  • Kidney stones
  • Compromised immune system
  • Diabetes
  • Enlarged prostate gland
  • Using a diaphragm
  • Using spermicide

 

Symptoms
  • Cloudy urine
  • Pain/discomfort when urinating
  • Urgent need to urinate
  • Unpleasant smelling urine
  • Abdominal pain
  • Blood in the urine
  • Tender pelvic area
  • Back pain
  • Feeling unwell

 

Treatment
  • Antibiotics
  • Paracetamol

 

Symptoms may be mild and pass on their own within a few days. If symptoms persist or or are severe, consult your general practitioner immediately.

 

VIDEOS

 


Video: NHS – Urinary Tract Infections (UTIs)

 

 

Video: Urinary Tract Infection

 

RESOURCES & SUPPORT

Local

Kids Health NZ – Urinary Tract Infection
Ministry of Health – Urinary Tract Infection

 

International

NHS – Urinary Tract Infection

 

RESEARCH

The New Zealand Medical Journal
British Medical Journal
Journal of the American Medical Association
The Lancet

 

FORUMS

RevolutionHealth.com – Urinary Tract Infection Forum

 

 

DISCLAIMER
The information above is of a general nature and is designed to provide you with an overview of the topic, with links to local and international resources that may be of interest.  We do our best to ensure that this information is accurate and up to date.

You should always, however, seek specific professional medical advice, treatment and care appropriate to you, and as such we strongly recommend you consult with your general practitioner first.

 

 

Updated April 2012
Image source: Wikimedia Commons – Urinary System