What is a urinary tract infection?

A urinary tract infection, otherwise known as a UTI, refers to an infection either in the bladder, the urethra (the pipe that transports urine from your bladder outside your body), or the kidneys. Usually, a UTI is caused by bacteria that travels up the urethra to the bladder, and even sometimes to the kidneys. Females tend to be more prone to getting UTIs because the urethra is located so close to the anus and the vagina and bacteria can easily get inside. That is why it is so important to wipe from front to back to avoid infection.
If you have a UTI, you could experience a burning feeling when you urinate, your urine may change color to become more cloudy or red, and you usually feel like you need to urinate more often. If you have these symptoms, you should visit a doctor. A UTI is normally treated with antibiotics.

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