A urinary tract infection, sometimes known as a UTI, is an infection of the lining of the urinary tract. It can affect any component of the urinary system, including the kidneys, ureters, bladder, or urethra, and can range from unpleasant to excruciatingly severe. Symptoms include burning during urination, frequent urges to urinate, pelvic pain, blood in the urine, and so on.
UTIs are identified using urine PCR testing, which identifies the pathogen causing the infection and allows our testing services to select the appropriate treatment. If left untreated, a UTI can cause permanent damage to your kidneys and even sepsis, which is a life-threatening condition.
Bacteria are the most common cause of UTIs. If this is the case with you, you must take antibiotics. A young woman with a simple bladder infection can be given an antibiotic that only lasts a few days. If your symptoms return, you may be subjected to additional testing to rule out other problems.
You may need to take antibiotics for a longer period of time depending on what caused the infection, how long you’ve had your UTI, and whether or not the infection is persistent. If the infection is in the prostate, men will usually need to take antibiotics for several weeks. This is critical in order to avoid serious complications from the illness.
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