Urinary Tract Infection (UTI)


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:

  • Pain or discomfort when urinating
  • A sudden urge to urinate and urinating more frequently than usual
  • Feeling unable to fully empty the bladder


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:

  • A high temperature above 38 degrees celcius
  • Shivering and chills
  • Pain in the sides and back
  • Nausea and vomiting


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.

Mayfair Doctors

37 North Audley Street

Mayfair | London | W1k 6ZL

Tel: 0207 499 1581

We are open 6 days a week

Mon-Fri: 9:30am to 5:00pm

Saturday: 10am to 4:30pm

Sunday: Closed

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