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A urinary tract infection (UTI) is an infection of any part of the urinary (or renal) system, which is made up of the kidneys, bladder, ureters (the tubes that connect the kidney and bladder) and the urethra (the tube through which urine is expelled from the body). UTIs most frequently arise in and affect the urethra and the bladder, however, more serious UTIs can cause bacteria or other infectious agents to travel up to the kidneys. UTIs are given different names depending on where they occur. For example, bladder infections are known as cystitis, urethra infections are referred to as urethritis and kidney infections are called pyelonephritis. The ureters are very rarely the site of infection.
Women are more likely to develop UTIs than men, due to anatomical differences. Women’s urethras are shorter than men’s and are closer to the anus, making it more likely that that bacteria could be transferred to the urethra and travel up to the bladder which causes infection. Over 50 percent of all women will experience at least one UTI during their lifetime, with 20–30 percent experiencing recurrent UTIs.1
It is important to recognize a UTI early because treatment can prevent the development of a more serious infection affecting the different parts of the urinary tract including the kidneys. That’s why it’s important to know the common signs of a UTI—so you can identify them when they arise:
- Urinary urgency
- Burning while peeing
- Discolored urine
- Abdominal pain
AZO Test Strips® are a great way to help detect an infection early. After you take the test, you should call your doctor with the results.
Detecting a UTI early is key to getting relief fast. AZO Test Strips® test for both nitrites and white blood cells in urine—the two hallmarks of a bacterial infection. If these strips test positive or indicate you have nitrites and white cells in your urine, get to your doctor. Early detection is key to avoiding a more serious infection.
Feel free to send questions to Dr. Roizen at AgeProoflife@gmail.com.
About Dr. Roizen
Dr. Mike Roizen MD, a paid spokesperson for AZO®, is the first Chief Wellness Officer at any major healthcare institution. He is a professor at the Cleveland Clinic Learner College of Medicine at Case Western Reserve University. He founded RealAge (RealAge.com), co-invented a drug now approved by the FDA, helped start 12 other companies and co-authored nine books on health, including four New York Times #1 bestsellers on health. He also has chaired an FDA advisory committee and was an editor for six medical journals.
^ Dr. Mike Roizen is a paid spokesperson for AZO®.