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Urinary Tract Infection
What is a Urinary Tract Infection?
A urinary tract infection, commonly known as a UTI, occurs when germs grow and multiply anywhere along your urinary tract. The germs normally live on your skin and are passed from person to person, but on occasions these germs get into your bladder through your urethra. Most of the time your bladder is able to get rid of them, but when the germs multiply, they irritate your urinary tract and can develop into a urinary tract infection.
Urinary tract infections are very common and are one of the most common reasons for visiting a General Practitioner. One in two females and one in twenty males will experience a UTI sometime in their life. In once off cases, urinary tract infections can be managed and treated by your GP. However, if you or your child suffer from recurrent urinary tract infections, treatment and advice from a medical specialist is essential. This will help you to understand and treat the causes of a UTI, rather than just treating the symptoms. Recurrent urinary tract infections have the potential to lead to permanent bladder and kidney damage if left untreated.
What are the Symptoms of a Urinary Tract Infection?
Symptoms of a urinary tract infection vary between people and amongst age groups. Common symptoms include:
How do I Prevent a Urinary Tract Infection?
It is essential to treat the underlying cause of recurrent urinary tract infections. Although there are many potential contributing factors, the following conditions are common causes in children.
Assessments and treatments at the Mars Clinic are provided by advanced-trained Physiotherapists. The type and duration of treatment for recurrent urinary tract infections will vary depending on the cause of the infections and the needs of the individual. Treatment may include: