Know the signs of a UTI and what to do to treat it

Urinary tract infections (UTIs) are common, yet painful and uncomfortable infection that impacts any area of your urinary systems such as your bladder, kidneys, ureters, and urethra. According to the Mayo Clinic, the most common areas that are impacted include the bladder and the urethra. While UTIs are usually just the cause for slight pain and discomfort, if left untreated it can have serious effects on your kidneys.
Because UTIs are relatively common for people, especially women, it is important that people can identify the causes and symptoms. This is not something you want to ignore. Read on as we breakdown the common signs so you can be on the lookout. 
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Causes
Web MD indicates that UTIs occur when bacteria enter the urinary tract and then multiples within the bladder. While the body is designed to ward off such infection, sometimes it can still find its way into your body and then the infection spreads and intensifies. 
Risk Factors
While bacteria are something that we all face on a daily basis, other points can make you at higher risk for developing a UTI. According to Mayo Clinic, those risks include:
-Being a female
-Participating in sexual activity
-Certain forms of birth control
-Menopause
-Urinary tract abnormalities
-Urinary blockages
-Regular use of a catheter
-Issues with your immune system 
Symptoms
According to WebMD, some people experience absolutely no symptoms when they have a UTI. However, some regular signs usually mean your urinary tract is compromised. They include:
-Burning during urination
-Cloudy and bad smelling urine
-The constant sensation that you need to urinate
-Urinating often but in small amounts
-Lower back pain
Treatment 
Antibiotics are used to fight UTI infection. It usually clears up within a matter of days. However, Mayo Clinic says that in some cases the infection is so severe that people must be hospitalized and given antibiotics intravenously. 
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If you think you may have a UTI, please consult your doctor for a treatment plan. Leaving this condition untreated could lead to more serious health concerns. Share with your friends to help keep them healthy, too. 
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