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What is a UTI?

A urinary tract infection, also called "cystitis", is an infection that can affect any part of the urinary system: the kidneys, ureters, bladder and urethra.

Different types of urinary tract infections

  • Infectious cystitis

    The most common form of urinary tract infection, cystitis affects almost exclusively women. It is an inflammation of the bladder often caused by the proliferation of bacteria.

  • Infectious urethritis

    The infection affects only the urethra (the tube that connects the bladder to the urinary meatus). Often related to a sexually transmitted infection (STI) such as chlamydia and gonorrhea. In men, urethritis can be accompanied by prostatitis.

  • Pyelonephritis

    Pyelonephritis is a more serious condition usually resulting from a bacterial infection. It refers to the inflammation of the urine-collecting cavity of the kidney and the kidney itself.

Signs & Symptoms

  • Pain or burning when urinating.

  • Abnormally high frequency of urination.

  • A persistent feeling of needing to urinate.

  • Cloudy urine with an unpleasant odor.

  • A feeling of heaviness in the lower abdomen.

  • Sometimes blood in the urine.

When should you consult?

If the infection is not treated, the bacteria continue to multiply and invade the urinary tract. This can lead to a more serious kidney problem, such as pyelonephritis.

You should seek help if you have symptoms that look like a UTI.

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