Urinary Tract Infection




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Young Woman Suffering from urinary tract infection

UTIs are common, but easily treated

A urinary tract infection (UTI) is an infection in part of the urinary system (kidneys, ureter, bladder, or urethra). Women are much more likely to get UTIs than men.

Anyone who has had a urinary tract infection will know just how unpleasant this can be and how difficult life can be while you are suffering from one. We recommend seeing one of our experienced doctors as soon as you feel the first symptoms of a UTI to stop it in its tracks. We offer the latest recommendations of antibiotic relief and fast urine test results to ensure effective treatment.


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Understanding The Types of UTI

There are different kinds of UTIs, depending on where the infection is located in the urinary tract. The infection can be in the lower part of the urinary tract (bladder and urethra) or the upper part (kidney and ureters). The upper UTIs come with a risk of kidney damage and thus are considered more serious than lower UTIs.

Another common UTI is cystitis or infection of the bladder. An infection of just the urethra is called urethritis.

Your symptoms will be different depending on whether you have an upper UTI or lower UTI. In some cases, you may have both symptoms, as one can develop into the other.

UTI Symptoms

Lower UTI symptoms generally include:

  • Feeling the need to urinate more frequently than usual, feeling a constant, dull pain in the pubic region, or experiencing pain with urination(dysuria) – this collection of symptoms is also known as urethral syndrome
  • Changes in the colour of urine, including cloudiness or blood (haematuria)
  • Unpleasant odour
  • Back pain
  • General feeling of being unwell

Upper UTI symptoms include:

  • High body temperature (fever) of 38ºC (100.4ºF) or above
  • Vomiting
  • Nausea, sickness
  • Diarrhoea
  • Chills or uncontrollable shivering

In the case of an upper UTI, there may also be pain in the side, back or groin. This pain may worsen during urination and can range from moderate to severe.

Other tests are recommended if:

  • Your infection is suspected to be in the upper urinary tract, as these have a higher risk of complication than those in the lower tract
  • There is blood in your urine (haematuria), which could be symptomatic of other conditions
  • You are male – UTIs are much less common in men, so other causes of symptoms are important to rule out
  • You are pregnant – because pregnancy carries a slightly higher risk of complications
  • You are at a higher risk of developing implications (such as a weakened immune system)

Other tests include:

  • A CT scan (urogram) of your urinary tract
  • Cystoscopy (a special instrument is inserted into the urethra, under local anaesthetic, to look inside the bladder)
  • An ultrasound scan (a painless procedure which takes 15-45 minutes, and can rule out bladder and kidney stones, or an obstruction in the urinary tract)


A UTI is the result of the urinary tract becoming infected by bacteria. Bacteria usually enter the urinary tract through the urethra, and less commonly, through the bloodstream. Often there seems to be no reason for the presence of a UTI. Hygiene issues and sexual intercourse can be causes – UTIs are not the same as sexually transmitted infections (STIs), but a physical irritation can occur with sex.

With men, UTIs may be caused by a stricture (where the urethra narrows), a previous STI, a gallstone or bladder stone, or prostate issues such as enlargement (hyperplasia).

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The urine sample is tested locally in order to diagnose common conditions and then sent to the laboratory for the full test results.

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