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Urinary tract infections (UTI) often happen when bacteria enters the urinary tract through the urethra. Urinary tract infections are why we are told to wipe from front to back – especially women as the urethra is close to the vagina and anus. While they do not always show signs or symptoms, The Urogynecology experts at NorthShore, share common UTI symptoms:
For simple UTIs, symptoms usually clear up in few days after treatment. Treatment can include:
Approximately one in five women experiences a second UTI after her first. Three or more infections in a year can be classified as chronic UTI. When multiple infections are experienced, it is important to follow up with your primary care physician to find a treatment plan such as taking a low dose antibiotic over a longer period of time or antibiotics after intercourse. The following tips could prevent another UTI:
What tips have you found to be helpful in avoiding a urinary tract infection?