By definition, urinary tract infection is an infection that affects the urethra, bladder, ureters or kidneys. The infection can involve any of these structures.
Do i have a urinary tract infection ? A question that arises when the symptoms are urinary in origin.
If you have a burning sensation when urinating, pain during urination, sensation of a need to urinate (urgency), low back pain, blood in urine or have frequent urination, then it can be a UTI.
If you have a sensation of need to urinate (urgency), pain during urination, low back pain, slow urinary flow or blood in urine, then it can be a UTI.
Remember that if the infection had affected the kidneys, chills and fever can be present. A condition called pyelonephritis.
What should i do to check if i am having a urinary tract infection ?
First of all, consult a doctor (nephrologist). Your doctor will examine you and will ask for a urine sample for dipsticks urinalysis, urine analysis +/- urine culture.
If the urine proved positive, then you will be given antibiotics to clear out the infection. It is important that you take your medication on time and as instructed by your doctor.
If you have a urinary tract infection, drink excess water + fluids and maintain a good hygiene. Both men and women must avoid sexual intercourse during treatment.
UTI is easy to treat. However if left untreated can lead to serious complications so please pay attention to any of the above symptoms.