Urinary tract infections (UTI’s) occur when bacteria have a chance to grow in the urethra and bladder. Like any other kind of infection, the longer it goes untreated, the more serious the complications can be. A symptomatic* UTI that goes untreated can eventually lead to kidney damage.
Not all urinary tract symptoms are UTI's, even if they may feel like one. But if you suspect that you have a UTI, contact your doctor immediately – home cures or other remedies cannot, in most cases, eliminate the infection completely.
A urinary tract infection usually involves a change in your voiding pattern. Signs that you may have a UTI include:
If you do get a urinary tract infection, it is easily treated. Contact your healthcare professional as soon as possible.
You can also find additional information in our enCATHopedia Leaflet.
(*Symptomatic: with demonstrative symptoms such as fever, blood in urine, cloudy urine etc.)
Watch Denise talk about how using CIC helped combat her frequent bouts of UTI.
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