Urinary Tract Infection Symptoms and Treatment

A urinary tract infection (UTI) is an infection involving the kidneys, ureters, bladder, or urethra. These are the structures that urine passes through before being eliminated from the body. Urinary tract infections are much more common in adults than in children, but about 1%-2% of children do get urinary tract infections. Urinary tract infections in children are more likely to be serious than those in adults and should not be ignored (especially in younger children).

The symptoms include burning sensation in the urine passage, frequent urination, bladder pain, cloudy and smelling urine and even bloody urine. Left untreated, the infection spreads to the kidneys to cause more severe infection (called pyelonephritis). When this happens, loin pain, fever, chills and even septic shock can occur.

Urinary Tract Infection Diagnosis

1. Urine dipstick
2. Urine culture
3. Ultrasound
4. Xrays
5. Cystoscopy