Urinary Tract Infections, Bladder Infections, Kidney Infections

Although urinary tract infections, bladder infections and kidney infections may sound like separate conditions, all of them are considered urinary tract infections. Where the infection is located depends upon what name is given to the condition. A UTI can occur in the bladder, the kidneys, the ureters or the urethra.

UTI’s are caused by bacteria and germs that enter into the bladder. When this happens, infection can occur and the most common place for it to reside is in the bladder. However, if left untreated, it can spread to the kidneys and other areas of the urinary system. Although anyone can get a UTI, people with a history of bladder infections, pregnant women, elderly people, and those with a history of kidney stones are at greater risk. The symptoms include bloody or cloudy looking urine, painful urination, the urgent feeling of having to pass urine and in some cases, fever and chills.

UTI’s can be diagnosed by simple tests that typically involve urine collection for testing. Treatment will depend on the location of the infection and how advanced it is. The most common treatment is a dose of oral antibiotics and the recommendation of drinking plenty of water to help flush out the urinary tract. Once a diagnosis is made and treatment is begun, recovery time is generally quick. However, in more advanced cases, more time may be needed for a complete recovery.