Urinary Tract Infections
A urinary tract infection is a common infection of the urinary system, which includes the kidneys, ureters, bladder and urethra. The urinary tract refers to just the bladder and the urethra, and an infection can develop in either of these areas. These infections occur much more frequently in women than in men and can cause intense pain.
Symptoms of a urinary tract infection include:
If you are experiencing symptoms of a urinary tract infection, see your doctor right away. If left untreated, this condition can lead to kidney infections and cause permanent damage to the kidneys. A urinary tract infection can usually be treated with antibiotics.
Having trouble urinating is a symptom for a variety of different urology problems. This includes:
- Urethral Cancer - Urethral cancer is a rare condition, only accounting for about 2 percent of all urological cancers. The urethra is a thin tube that facilitates the passage of urine from the bladder. While this condition can affect anyone, it is more common in females.
- Uterine Prolapse - Uterine prolapse involves a dropping of the uterus into the vaginal canal as a result of weakened pelvic floor muscles, which can occur as a result of aging and multiple pregnancies and is most common in post-menopausal women.
- Prostatitis - Prostatitis is a common disease of the prostate gland that involves inflammation and many troubling symptoms. This condition may be acute or chronic. Most acute cases are caused by an infection of the prostate, while chronic cases do not usually have one clear cause, but may be the result of a traumatic injury, nervous system disorder or psychological stress.
- Bladder Stones - Bladder stones are hard, crystallized masses that have formed from the minerals and proteins that occur naturally in urine. Bladder stones are less common than kidney stones and mostly affect men who have an enlarged prostate, urinary tract infection, or obstruction of the urinary tract.
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