Urinary Tract Infection
Also called: UTI
The urinary system consists of the kidneys, ureters, bladder and urethra. Infections of the urinary tract (UTIs) are the second most common type of infection in the body. You may have a UTI if you notice:
- Pain or burning when you use the bathroom
- Fever, tiredness or shakiness
- An urge to use the bathroom often
- The pressure in your lower belly
- Urine that smells bad or looks cloudy or reddish
If you think you have a UTI, it is important to see your doctor. Your doctor can tell if you have a UTI by testing a sample of your urine. Treatment with medicines to kill the infection will make it better, often in one or two days.
UTI’s blow, especially when you’re on the road. Chicks get them more than guys do but guys are still susceptible. Staying hydrated helps fight off UTIs as more water = more to flush out your system with. A UTI has usually prescribed antibiotics and a drug called Ciproflaxin (also used to treat anthrax!). Many health companies manufacture cranberry pills that help keep your urinary tract happy. Cranberry pills are awesome over the counter preventative measure against UTIs.