Women generally seem to think they have it a lot worse than guys. (This fact is figured from personal experience only.) Considering women have to deal with menstruation and childbirth they seem to have a point. Add to this the bladder infection and you begin to think they just may be on to something!
A urinary tract infection (or UTI in the parlance of healthcare workers), is a bacterial infection present in the urinary tract. The urinary tract consists of the bladder, the urethra, and the kidneys. Primarily, they are caused by infections that originate in the bladder. Men get them too, but by a much smaller margin.
Although not all sufferers get symptoms, many of them do. They consist of a frequent need to urinate with little urine passed, a burning sensation while urinating, and sometimes cloudy or even bloody urine. Lower back pain, dizziness and nausea are other symptoms that may point to a more serious UTI or bladder infection.
Typically, these infections are caused when bacteria from the digestive system invades the urethra. The most common bacterium in these cases is Escherichia coli (better known as E. coli). If left untreated, a bladder infection can cause serious kidney infection.
A certified STD clinic can diagnose a bladder infection by ascertaining a complete medical history, a symptom analysis, and either a urine sample or a dipstick test if needed. Once the infection is found to be present, medication will be prescribed to treat the problem.
If you currently live in NYC or its surrounding areas, please log onto Urgent Care NYC to arrange an appointment to get tested. You may call 1-212-696-5900 to speak to a person if you prefer. The Walk In Clinic NY is located just two blocks from Grand Central Station and thus easily accessible by mass transit.