What is Urinary Tract Infection (UTI)?
A urinary tract infection or UTI is an infection affecting any part of the urinary tract including the bladder, kidneys, ureters (tube that transports urine from the kidney to the bladder) and urethra (tube that empties urine from the bladder). Infection occurs when bacteria attack the bladder or urethra. Urinary tract infections are also known as cystitis and bladder infections
Who can get Urinary Tract Infections (UTI)?
Women, the elderly and those with diabetes are more likely to get urinary tract infections. A survey in Prevention magazine found that nearly 50% of women had gotten a UTI at some point. Men over 50 years old who suffer from benign prostatic hyperplasia (enlarged prostates) can also get urinary tract infections. Children especially boys less than a year old and girls of around 3 years also tend to get urinary tract infections since this is the toilet training period.