Lower urinary tract infections (UTI)
Urinary tract infections are most often caused by bacteria entering the urinary tract via the urethra, or more rarely through the bloodstream.
Urinary infections can be painful and uncomfortable. They are most common in women but can easily be treated with antibiotics.
- Symptoms of urinary infections may include:
- Urge to urinate frequently
- A burning feeling when urinating
- Pain in the lower abdomen
If you have a lower urinary tract infection you may also experience:
- Lower back pain
- Cloudy or discoloured urine
- Difficulty holding in urine
- Urine smells unpleasant
Most infections ease within a few days. If your symptoms do not improve or you develop a fever or other “flu like” symptoms you should seek medical treatment.