A urinary tract infection (UTI) is an infection of the urinary system. Lower UTI’s, which affect the bladder or urethra, are the most common type of infection with symptoms including:
Upper UTI’s affecting the kidneys or ureters are less common and can be serious if left untreated. These can cause the above symptoms as well as:
UTIs are more common in women than in men. It's estimated that half of all women in the UK will have a UTI at least once in their life. Children can also get them although this is less common.
The doctor will usually diagnose a UTI with a urinalysis test and the infection is commonly treated with a course of antibiotics. Symptoms normally pass within three to five days after starting treatment.
If you are experiencing some of the above symptoms and want to speak to a doctor or get tested, give us a call on 02074991581 to book an appointment or book one online here. Alternatively visit our clinic during opening hours for a walk-in appointment.