Urinary tract infections (UTIs) occur when bacteria enter the urinary tract through the urethra. Your body can normally flush these bacteria out, but sometimes they multiply in the bladder and cause an infection.
Some conditions make people more vulnerable to urinary tract infections:
The elderly are particularly susceptible to UTIs. In an older person, a UTI often causes temporary mental confusion and loss of memory.
When these symptoms appear suddenly, the cause is likely to be a urinary tract infection.
If left untreated, a urinary tract infection can spread and cause serious health problems. You should see a doctor if you think you might have a urinary tract infection. At Urgent Family Care in Knoxville and Sevierville, Tennessee we are here to help.
UTIs are commonly treated with antibiotics, and the symptoms begin to disappear soon after treatment is started. A severe UTI might require additional tests and longer treatment.
For more information on urinary tract infections, see:
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