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8 Things You Need To Know About UTIs, According To Gynaecologist Dr Tomar

1. A UTI can affect both men and women

A Urinary Tract Infection (UTI) is an infection in any part of your urinary system: – Kidneys – Ureters – Bladder – Urethra Most infections involve the lower urinary tract — the bladder and the urethra. Yes, UTI can affect both men and women.

2. Changes in urination is the most common symptom of a UTI

The patients come with symptoms of: – Frequency of urine – Burning during urine – Pain during urination – Fever with rigour abdominal pain in lumbar region or pelvic region – Nausea and vomiting – Bleeding with urine – Dark coloured urine

3. Women has smaller urethras, making them more susceptible to an infection

Men mostly get an infection at older age along with the prostate. Younger men can develop this infection along with stone or due to inadequate water intake or after intercourse if the woman has Vulvovaginitis. Women are prone to have UTI because their urethra is smaller, so infection goes in the urinary bladder.

4. Maintaining hygiene is key to avoiding a UTI

Among women, after every menses, if they do not maintain personal hygiene, they may get repeated UTI. Wiping the toilet seat is important especially if you are using a public toilet. Intercourse can also cause UTI  if one is not taking proper hygiene care. If one of the partners is having an infection, using a condom is a must.

5. There are 2 types of UTIs and their causes are different

There are two types of UTI: – Cystitis, a urinary bladder infection – Pyelonephritis, a kidney infection

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