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Urinary Tract Infections

Urinary tract infections (UTIs) are among the most common infections in people. UTIs occur when bacteria enter and infect the urinary tract. They can affect several parts of the urinary tract, but the most common type of UTI is a bladder infection (also known as cystitis).

Women and girls are at a higher risk compared to men and boys because their urethra is shorter and closer to the anus, which makes it easier for bacteria to enter the urinary tract.

Common symptoms for a bladder infection include:

  • Pain or burning while urinating
  • Frequent urination
  • Feeling the need to urinate despite having an empty bladder
  • Low fever (less than 101 F)
  • Cloudy or bloody urine
  • Pressure or cramping in the groin or lower abdomen

The body can sometimes fight the bacteria without any problems; however, the infection can cause discomfort and may sometimes spread to the kidneys. Kidney infections are less common but more serious. Warning signs for a kidney infection include flank or lower back pain, high fever (101 F or above), nausea or vomiting, mental status changes, chills, or night sweats.

Antibiotic treatment is usually helpful in treating a urinary tract infection.


If you have questions or concerns about your symptoms now, see a Mercyhealth health care provider at Virtual Visit Now.

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Virtual Visit Now is not available for emergency care. If you need emergency care, please call 911.

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