What Causes Urinary Tract Infections (UTIs)?

Urinary tract infections are usually caused by microbes such as bacteria overcoming the body's defences in the tract. The majority of these infections are caused by the E. Coli bacterium. There are different types of Urinary infections according to the different parts of the urinary tract infected:

  • Bladder infection (Cystitis)
  • Urethra infection (Urethritis)
  • Kidney infection (Pyelonephritis)
  • The ureters are rarely the site of Urinary tract infection.

Common symptoms include a frequent and strong urge to urinate and a burning and painful sensation when urinating.

Urinary tract infections are commonly treated with antibiotics, though they are also a risk factor for such infections.
 

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