UTI - Urinary tract infections

Urinary tract infections typically occur when bacteria invade the lower urinary tract at the urethra and travel up into the bladder, causing cystitis (the medical term for bladder infection). For the most part, these bacterial organisms (frequently E. coli, staph, Klebsiella, Enterobacter, Enterococcus, or Pseudomonas) are normal inhabitants in the GI system, rectum, colon or exterior of the body, but not normal inside the more delicate urinary tract.

Chlamydia, which is a bacterium transmitted through sex, can be an unsuspected culprit for UTI’s. As a sexually transmitted disease (STD), it is frequently “silent” — ing the majority of women who have it experience no symptoms, though some do experience a burning sensation when urinating. Since the standard urine culture cannot detect it, your healthcare provider must make a special request to check for Chlamydia DNA in the urine sample.
Any of the above bacteria can cause irritation and infection to the tissue lining the urinary tract and bladder. The more serious the bacterial infection, the deeper the invasion into the tissue and the more advanced it may become, ultimately requiring more potent antibiotics. If your system cannot rally its defenses and flush the organism out, or if the infection is left untreated, the bacteria can eventually travel into the upper urinary tract, causing a kidney infection (pyelonephritis). This becomes a much more serious situation because it can lead to scarring and septicemia, a full-body struggle and poisoning from infection.

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