A Urinary Tract Infection is an infection that affects any part of the urinary sytem. If the infection affects the lower part of the urinary system its referred to as bladder infection or cystitis. When it affects the upper part of the urinary sytem its referred to as kidney infection or pyelonephritis.
The most common cause of the infection is a bacteria known as Escherichia Coli, though other bacteria and fungi can also cause the infection. There are several risk factors that predispose one to contracting a Urinary Tract Infection and they include: sexual intercourse, obesity, diabetes, the female anatomy and pregnancy.
The following are signs and symptoms you might be having a Urinary Tract Infection.
Lower Urinary Tract Infection (Cystitis) Symptoms
1. Burning sensation during urination.
2. Having an urgency to urinate (frequent urination).
3. Pain above the pubic bone or lower back pains.
4. Presence of an abnormal smelly vaginal or urethral discharge.
Upper Urinary Tract Infection (Pyelonephritis) symptoms
1. Flank pains
2. Nausea and vomiting
3. Fever may be present
All these symptoms of the upper urinary system infection must be supported by symptoms of the lower urinary tract system infection as above
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