Urinary tract infections (UTIs) are a common type of infection for which women consult a doctor. It is 10 times more common in women than men. The structures that form the urinary tract include the bladder, kidneys, the tubes that connect them (ureter) and the tube through which urine leaves the body (urethra). The urinary tract makes urine and carries it out of your body.
The kidney and ureter are part of the upper urinary tract and the bladder and urethra form the lower urinary tract. In most women, the bladder gets infected in UTI. If the infection is not treated, it can spread to the kidneys. Infection of the bladder is not considered serious, but infection of the kidneys is serious and can damage the kidneys. Urinary tract infections are caused by bacteria. Several different types of bacteria can cause UTI. Urinary tract infection in women can either be symptomatic or without symptoms. Symptoms of UTI depend on whether the lower urinary tract is infected or the upper urinary tract is infected.
Some common symptoms of a lower urinary tract infection in women are:
Some common symptoms of upper urinary tract infection in women are:
The infection from upper urinary tract can spread to lower urinary tract if it is not treated timely and appropriately. In this case, you may experience symptoms of a lower UTI as well.
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