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Urinary Tract Infection (UTI)

01 Feb 2012
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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.

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


  • 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


  • 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.




Video: NHS – Urinary Tract Infections (UTIs)



Video: Urinary Tract Infection




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



NHS – Urinary Tract Infection



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


FORUMS – Urinary Tract Infection Forum



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