How Do You Get a UTI (Urinary Tract Infection) and How to Treat it

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Urinary tract infections, or UTIs, are common and affect about 5% of all women in the US, as well as a smaller percentage of men and children. While UTI treatments are usually inexpensive, an untreated UTI can lead to more serious medical problems. Here’s what you need to know.

What is a UTI?

A urinary tract infection occurs when part of the urinary system becomes infected. Typically, urine does not contain bacteria because it is a byproduct of the kidneys, which detoxify the body and eliminate bacteria. However, bacteria can make its way into the urinary system from outside the body.

A UTI can affect any part of the urinary system and infections are classified according to the area where they occur.

  • Infections in the urethra are called urethritis
  • Infections in the kidneys are called pyelonephritis
  • Infections in the bladder are called cystitis

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