Urinary Tract Infections (UTI’S)

What is a Urinary Tract Infection (UTI)?

The urinary tract is comprised of the kidneys, ureters, bladder and urethra. A urinary tract infection (UTI) is an infection caused by pathogenic organisms (for example, bacteria, fungi, or parasites) in any of the structures
that comprise the urinary tract.

This is a broad definition of what a UTI is. Many catheter users have an on going problem with infections. When talking to your doctor or healthcare professional ask them if a closed system catheter may help stop your infections. There are also intermittent catheters that have an antibiotic coating on them that can help reduce your risk of infections. If your doctor feels a closed system catheter is not right for you maybe this would be an alternative.


Urinary tract infections at a glance

Urinary tract infections are infections of the urethra, bladder, or the kidneys which make up the urinary tract.

The majority of urinary tract infections are caused by E. coli bacteria.

Females have a higher risk for urinary tract infections, most likely because of their anatomy. Some other risk factors are enlarged prostate, congenital urinary tract abnormalities or inflammation. Patients who currently use catheters or who undergo urinary tract surgery or men with an enlarged prostate are also at a higher risk for UTI’S.

Urinary tract infections affect men and women both regardless of age. There are many different symptoms of a urinary tract infection. When you notice something different then normal you should seek the advice of your doctor. The sooner the better so that the infection doesn’t spread. There are many home remedies for urinary tract infections but before trying these consult your doctor. You may have a problem that is not treatable with home remedies and avoiding your doctor’s help may cause the problem to get worse.

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