A urinary tract infection usually is in the lower part of your urinary tract, the bladder and the urethra. But a UTI can affect any part of the urinary system, including your kidneys. It’s difficult to imagine someone not knowing that they have a UTI because this infection can be painful and inconvenient. You’ll need to go to the bathroom more often and you may have pelvic pain. However, UTIs are often overlooked or mistaken for other conditions, especially in older adults.
Why Do You Get a UTI?
A UTI occurs when bacteria gets into your bladder. Sexual activity is a common cause of UTIs, but you could also get a UTI from holding your urine too often or from wiping back to front, which allows bacteria from the rectum to get into your urethra. You’re at a higher risk for a UTI when you’ve had one. Take the UTI quiz to learn more about your own symptoms and risk factors for UTIs. Daily UTI prevention can help you avoid a UTI.
Complications of a UTI
Most UTIs are treated fairly easily with antibiotics. But the symptoms can mimic other conditions. A person who has a hard time communicating with doctors, such as a person with Alzheimer’s, may not be able to tell the healthcare provider that they have a problem.
What happens when a UTI goes untreated? It can move up the urinary tract into the kidneys and cause permanent kidney damage. It can also cause sepsis, which is a life-threatening complication of an infection. It occurs when the body releases chemicals into your bloodstream to fight infection, but these chemicals cause inflammation in the body.
Instead of worrying about UTIs, take a prevention drink daily to help your body fight off infections. Uqora uses natural products that keep bacteria from forming in the urethra to prevent UTIs.
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