Urine Infection

The Urinary tract is part of the body responsible for filtering the blood and making urine. It consists of the Kidneys (filterer), Ureters (pipe), the Bladder (storage tank) and the Urethra (tap).

An infection can affect any part of this system and cause certain symptoms such as

  • Frequent urination
  • Pain or burning sensation when urinating
  • Pain in the abdomen
  • Fever
  • Smelly or cloudy urine

What causes urine infection?

Urine infection occurs when bacteria enters into the urinary tract either through the “front passage” or through the bloodstream.

How is urine infection treated?

If you think you have a urine infection, go see your doctor who will examine you and test your urine.

The treatment of urine infection is antibiotics and the choice of antibiotics will sometimes depend on the type of bacteria causing the infection.

How can I prevent a urine infection

Urine infections cannot always be prevented but taking following measures could help you minimize the risk of developing a urine infection.

  • Drink water regularly
  • Make sure you pass urine when you feel the urge, don’t keep urine in your bladder for too long
  • Ensure good personal hygiene

What are the complications of untreated urine infection?

If urine infection is left  untreated or not treated correctly it can affect the kidneys and make them stop working properly (Kidney failure) or the infection can spread to the blood making you more unwell.