That Burning Sensation is a UTI: Here’s Why

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The burning sensation you have when you urinate is a UTI. Somehow, you got bacteria into your genitals, and now you’re going to the bathroom every 30 minutes and disrupting workflow in the office. Most think that something may be broken down there, but in all, you may have a urinary tract infection. Don’t worry, you’re not dying, but it’s common to be worried about the UTI Symptoms you have.

Let’s start with what exactly is a UTI:

What is a UTI?

Most assume that a UTI or a urinary tract infection is just an inflammation of the urinary tract, but it can be much more. A UTI can infect any part of your urinary system. This includes your kidneys, bladder, urethra, and ureters. Most infections involve the lower urinary tract. UTIs occur in both men and women, but women are prone to the painful infection.

There are two types of UTIs: urethritis and cystitis. If both types of infections are left untreated, they can spread and cause a kidney infection. Urethritis is an infection of the urethra, while cystitis is an infection of the bladder. Although UTIs may be common and happen frequently, you have to take them seriously in terms of care.


How do you get a UTI?

Because of how common UTIs are and how often they happen, most sweep the symptoms under the rug. Learning how one starts is key to preventing them in the future. Unfortunately, it’s pretty easy to get a UTI. Bacteria that lives in the vagina, genital and anal areas may enter the bladder or urethra and cause an infection.  Bacteria are all over our body making it easy for it to enter our bodies.

This can happen at any time including sexual activity. Even wiping yourself in the wrong direction can cause a UTI symptom. UTIs can also stem from sexually transmitted diseases including gonorrhea and chlamydia. Luckily, UTIs are not spread from one body to another like STDs, but anything that brings bacteria inside your body, especially in contact with your urethra can trigger a UTI.

Those with the following are more likely to get a UTI:

  • Individuals with diabetes
  • Individuals that have had a UTI before
  • Individuals that have kidney stones
  • Individuals that use a diaphragm or spermicides
  • Individuals that are obese

Symptoms of a UTI:

Trust us, when have you UTI, you are we well aware. Not only does urination become unpleasurable, but you almost want to not go at all. One of the most common symptoms of a urinary tract infection is the urgent and frequent need to urinate. Most will feel as if they always have to go, even if they just went. Many other common UTI symptoms include:

  • Bad-smelling urine
  • Cloudy urine
  • Pain or burning when urinating
  • Blood in your urine

If the infection travels to the kidneys, you may have to worry about the following:

  • Nausea
  • Fatigue
  • Chills
  • Vomiting

In all, urinary tract infections are not fun at all. The burning sensation, the constant runs to the bathroom and odd smelling isn’t the best way to live life. UTI’s are curable with antibiotics prescribed by a physician, and UTI Symptoms can be soothed with other the counter products. If you feel you may have a UTI or have questions, feel free to give us a call to set an appointment.