Urinary Tract Infections (UTIS)
What is a urinary tract infection (UTI)?
Urinary tract infections (UTIs) are the most common infections that usually occur when bacteria enter into the opening of the urethra and grow inside of the urinary tract. Men, women, and children can develop UTIs. The bacteria start in the lower urinary tract (urethra, bladder) and if not treated, progress to the upper urinary tract (ureters, kidneys). Bladder infection is the most common UTI. If the infection travels up tot the kidneys it can require urgent treatment and needs to be managed as soon as possible. Women develop UTIs more often than men.
Symptoms of a UTI:
- Painful burning
- Pelvic discomfort or cramping
- Blood in urine
- Odor in urine
- Dark colored urine
- Hormonal changes
- Vaginal dryness
How do you treat a UTI?
Occasional UTIs are not uncommon in women and can be treated with a dose of antibiotics or natural integrative options. However, frequent infections should be discussed with The SHOW Center provider.
*This information does not replace a provider consultation. You should schedule an appointment with your provider if you experience any of these symptoms.