Urinary tract infection
What is urinary tract infection?
Urinary tract infection is a common problem that can cause discomfort and pain for those affected. UTIs occur when bacteria enter the urinary tract and multiply, causing inflammation and infection. The urinary tract includes the bladder, urethra and kidneys. And an infection can occur in any part of the tract.
A urinary tract infection is often associated with the following symptoms:
A frequent urge to urinate, even when the amount of urine is small
A burning sensation when you urinate
Cloudy or smelly urine
Pressure or cramping in the lower abdomen
UTIs are more common in women than in men because of the shorter length of the female urethra, which makes it easier for bacteria to reach the bladder. Lifestyle factors such as lack of hydration, poor hygiene and a weakened immune system can increase the risk of developing a UTI. In most cases, UTIs do not lead to complications.
The treatment of urinary tract infections usually consists of antibiotics* that work by killing the bacteria that cause the infection. The type of antibiotic prescribed depends on the type of bacteria causing the infection and the severity of the symptoms. Most cases of UTIs can be treated with a simple course of oral antibiotics. However, more severe infections may require intravenous antibiotics.
In addition to antibiotics, other treatments may be recommended by a health care professional to help relieve symptoms and prevent further complications. For example, drinking plenty of water can help flush bacteria from the urinary tract and relieve discomfort when urinating. Over-the-counter pain relievers, such as acetaminophen or ibuprofen, can also help relieve pain and discomfort.
How can I prevent urinary tract infections?
Prevention is also key when it comes to UTIs. Here are some steps you can take to reduce your risk of developing a UTI:
Wipe from front to back after going to the bathroom
Make sure you empty your bladder when you urinate
Drink plenty of water to stay hydrated
Urinating after sex to help remove any bacteria that may have entered the urinary tract
Wear loose, breathable clothing to avoid moisture build-up
I want a prescription
If you've had a prescription for this condition in the last 5 years
Our affiliated pharmacists may be able to help. Register online, then request a prescription through the Medzy platform. One of our affiliate pharmacists will take the time to review your request in a consultation, answer your questions and agree on the best treatment for you to ensure your safety and best outcomes.
If you have never had a prescription for urinary tract infection or if your last prescription was 5 years ago or more
You should make an appointment with a doctor.
* Non-exhaustive list of appropriate antibiotics: Nitrofurantoine (MacroBID®), Fosfomycin (Monurol®), Amoxicillin-Clavulanate (Clavulin®), Ciprofloxacin (Cipro®)
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