A urinary tract infection (UTI) is an infection in any part of the urinary system. Women are at greater risk of developing a UTI than men. Infection limited to your bladder can be painful and annoying. However, serious consequences can occur if a UTI spreads to the kidneys.
Urinary tract infections don’t always cause signs and symptoms, but when they do they may include:
· A strong, persistent urge to urinate
· A burning sensation when urinating
· Passing frequent, small amounts of urine
· Urine that appears cloudy
· Urine that appears red, bright pink or cola-colored — a sign of blood in the urine
· Strong-smelling urine
· Pelvic pain, in women — especially in the center of the pelvis and around the area of the pubic bone
Urinary tract infections typically occur when bacteria enter the urinary tract through the urethra and begin to multiply in the bladder. Although the urinary system is designed to keep out such microscopic invaders, these defenses sometimes fail. When that happens, bacteria may take hold and grow into a full-blown infection in the urinary tract.