Urinary tract infections occur when bacteria, usually from the skin or rectum, enter the urethra and infect the urinary tract. These infections most often develop in the lower urinary tract – the bladder and urethra – and are more common in women and girls than they are in men and boys.
Your Ogden Clinic physician will determine if you have a UTI by asking you about your symptoms, performing a physical exam, and possibly ordering a urine test. As discussed above, UTIs are caused by bacteria, and therefore need to be treated by antibiotics. Be certain to take your antibiotics exactly as directed by your doctor.
There are several steps you can take to reduce your risk of developing a urinary tract infection:
Please make an appointment with an Ogden Clinic Physician if you or your child are showing signs of a urinary tract infection.