A urinary tract infection (UTI) is a type of infection that occurs in the urinary system, most commonly in the bladder and urethra. UTIs are caused when bacteria enter the urinary tract through the urethra and begin to multiply. This eventually leads to an infection.
These infections are more common in women because the female urethra is shorter than a male’s, making it easier for bacteria to enter the bladder. Nonetheless, UTIs can occur in men as well. UTIs can be painful and uncomfortable. They can cause serious complications if left untreated without medical treatment.
UTI symptoms for women and men can have some commonalities. These may include:
- Strong, persistent, urge to urinate, even when you just emptied your bladder
- Passing small amounts of urine
- Burning or pain during urination
- Cloudy looking urine
- Red or pink-colored urine
- Urine with a strong smell
A UTI symptom for women may also show up as pain in the pelvic area. UTI symptoms for men can differ and may sometimes overlap with other prostate symptoms. Evaluating the underlying cause of the symptoms you are experiencing is essential to getting the right treatment.
Depending on the location of the infection other symptoms may also occur. For example, if the infection is in the kidneys, you might experience back or side pain, fever, chills, nausea or vomiting in addition to the symptoms described above.