What Is UTI?
An infection of the urinary tract occurs when bacteria or other pathogens enter the urine via the urethra, travel to the bladder, and cause an infection. UTIs can affect any portion of the urinary tract system, including the urethra, ureters, bladder, and kidneys. According to studies, the majority of infections affect the bladder and urethra, or the lower urinary tract.
UTIs account for 8,1 million annual visits to primary health care units. About 12% of men and 60% of women will experience a UTI at least once in their lifetimes. Due to a number of factors, women are more likely than men to develop a urinary tract infection. According to statistical data, approximately 1 in 10 women and 1 in 20 men will develop a UTI in their lifespan. The bladder-only UTI (cystitis) can be irritating and painful. However, if a UTI extends to the kidneys, severe health consequences may result.
Antibiotics and pain relievers are the standard treatment for UTIs by physicians and other health care professionals. However, certain dietary and lifestyle choices can reduce the likelihood of contracting an infection in the first place.