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Symptoms, causes, and treatments for Urinary Tract Infections (UTIs)

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Urinary Tract Infection (UTI)

Symptoms of a UTI

When bacteria enter your urinary tract, they can infect your bladder and urethra.

UTI symptoms include:

Causes of a UTI

Women have a higher risk of contracting UTIs than men.

The most common cause of an infection in women probably doesn’t come up often in conversation: bacteria entering the urinary tract from improper wiping. The “front to back” rule is always sound advice.

A weak wiping game can introduce colon-based bacteria like E. coli. These bacteria then sneak up your urinary tract and set off a nasty chain of events. Sex may also spread bacteria to the urethra and cause a UTI.

Other health factors that increase your risk of severe or frequent infections:

  • Diaphragms
  • Immune system suppression
  • Kidney stones
  • Menopause
  • Pregnancy

Should I Be Worried?

UTIs don’t resolve themselves like the common cold or mild sinus congestion. Schedule a visit if you’re experiencing any UTI symptoms, and a doctor will figure out what’s going on.

Antibiotics treat the most common bacterial strains, but in rare cases women experience continual UTIs after completing a course of antibiotics. UTIs can even spread to your kidneys -- docs call that acute pyelonephritis.

Bacteria can resist antibiotics and establish repeatedly invading colonies. This uncommon and incessant type of UTI can occur due to underlying genetics, or other types of internal or external abnormalities.

Schedule a UTI visit online or from our iOS app today.

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UTI Prevention Tips

Consider these tips to help reduce your chance of infection:

  • Review your birth control. Talk to a ZOOM+Care Doctor about options that don't encourage bacterial growth.
  • Stay hydrated. Frequent urination flushes bacteria that may be hanging out in your urinary tract.
  • Follow the "front to back" rule. As our DIY Article mentions, improper wiping is a major cause of bacteria entering your urinary tract.