Find out whether or not you have a Urinary Tract Infection (UTI) and what test is recommended using our personalized symptom checker.
Urinary tract infection is a common term used to describe infection of lower urinary tract, i.e., urethra or bladder, and that of upper urinary tract infection i.e., ureters or kidneys. Lower urinary tract infections are more common in women because of their short urethra and are also less serious than upper UTIs. There are multiple bacteria that can cause a UTI, so your symptom may vary depending on the type of bacteria involved.
There is a list of compilations that can result from either lower or upper UTI. Some prominent ones include recurrent infections, permanent kidney damage, urethral narrowing, sepsis and increased chances of delivering premature infants or low birth weight. According to CDC, about 5 to 6% of pregnant women and about 8% of young girls develop a UTI in the United States. Take the following quiz to find out if you could be suffering from a possible urinary tract infection.
Yes. Urinary tract infections are easily treated with antibiotics.
Bacterial. UTI's are caused by a variety of bacteria.
Antibiotics. Various antibiotics are used depending on the offending bacterium.
Variable. Specific time for recovery is dependent on the medication prescribed.
No. Sex is not recommended as it can promote movement of bacteria.
Yes. There is roughly a 20% probability of re-infection.