A urinary tract infection is an infection that affects the urinary bladder or the renal pelvis. The infection is usually caused by intestinal bacteria. Catheters pose a risk of infection as well. Common symptoms include desire to urinate, burning, and frequent urination.
An infection of the urinary tract can become serious if the kidneys are infected. Irritants include catheter used for a long time, spermicidal jellies or spray for feminine hygiene. Urinary tract infection can result also from another disease. Antibiotics are used usually when the infectious agent is a bacteria. Other types of urinary tract infections are treated according to the underlying trigger. Sometimes, urinary tract infection can improve without treatment. In most cases, the recovery is fast and without complications. Women are at higher risk to develop the condition than men since their urethra is shorter than men’s and the opening is closer to the anus. The urethra is a small tube that transports urine from the bladder. It is possible however less common for an infection to be triggered by radiation therapy or certain medicines.
Women are more likely to get a urinary tract infection than men, since the urethra (thus the distance that bacteria have to travel) is shorter in women. Common causes include sexual intercourse, pregnancy, and exposure to cool and wet conditions. Additionally, abnormal draining of the urinary tract may also play a role. The affected person may experience pain, burning, and itching during urination as well as an urge to urinate frequently. However, should the urinary tract infection spread to include the kidneys (known as pyelonephritis), it then becomes a serious illness. Accompanying the above symptoms are fever and side pains.
An infection of the urinary tract (also called a UTI) is usually harmless and requires no treatment in women without symptoms. Women and men affected by symptoms usually require treatment with antibiotics. An infection of the upper urinary tract (pyelonephritis) can spread to the bloodstream and thus requires treatment with antibiotics.
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Proceed as follows to enter your current symptoms.
Click on the appropriate body part on the picture. Select one/multiple symptoms corresponding to your complaint.
You can also add symptoms by typing your medical complaint in the search box and selecting the best matching suggestion.
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Once you have selected all applicable symptoms, click the “analyze disease pattern”-button.
Accordingly, you will get a list of possible diseases and matching doctor categories who can further help you.
You can inform yourself about the possible diseases by reading the related information. But you can also return to the previous step and add more symptoms or delete already added ones to further narrow down your disease pattern.
Click on the desired doctor category to find a doctor who can help you.
If you are logged in with your profile, you will be displayed the appropriate doctors in your area. Otherwise you can enter an address in the “address” field and you will be displayed a doctor’s list around that specified address.
You will receive further information about the displayed doctors when you press on “details”.
Online bookable doctors in your area will be indicated with the notation “Book appointment” or “Book externally”, additionally they will be displayed on top of the list for your convenience.
Click on “Book appointment” to start the online appointment booking process with the desired doctor.
Please select an available appointment. “Green“ appointments are booked directly. “Red“ appointments need to be confirmed by the doctor.
Enter your general personal and health information.
Enter your present medical symptoms.
Enter your mobile phone number to identify yourself and you can finalize the appointment booking.
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