Urinary tract infections (UTIs) can impact the bladder, the kidneys, the ureter (the tube that takes urine from kidneys to the bladder, or the urethra – which empties urine outside).
If you’ve had a UTI, you are at a higher risk of getting another one. In fact, about four out of five recurrences are caused by reinfections, several weeks after antibiotic treatment for the first infection—usually through bacteria that’s been reintroduced into the body.
Here’s how to know if you’re especially at risk, to steer clear of infection, to spot UTI warning signs, and to treat yourself if you are fighting one off:
In addition to what was mentioned above, some of the below conditions also put people at higher risk of UTI, according to the U.S. National Library of Medicine:
Signs of infection can vary greatly, depending on how old you are, whether you’re a woman or a man, and where the infection begins. In general, here are some red flags for a UTI: