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Side Effect: Urinary Tract Infection (UTI)

What is Urinary Tract Infection (UTI)?

What does a Urinary Tract Infection (UTI) feel like?

Symptoms of a UTI can vary but commonly include:

UTIs can also cause lower back or abdominal pain or discomfort, cloudy or foul-smelling urine, and sometimes fever or chills. These may be signs of a more serious infection and should prompt the person to seek urgent medical attention.

Who gets Urinary Tract Infections (UTIs)?

Patients being treated with radiation to the pelvic area, chemotherapy, or other medications that can suppress or lower the immune system, are at a greater risk of developing UTI.

Other risk factors include:

How do you Prevent Urinary Tract Infections (UTIs)?

To prevent UTIs it is recommended that:

Bacteria prefer moist environments, so keeping the genital area dry by wearing cotton underwear and loose-fitting clothes may also help.
If you catheterize yourself, make sure to use a good technique so as to not introduce an infection.

How do you Treat Urinary Tract Infections (UTIs)?

Treatment of UTIs generally involves appropriate antibiotics and management of any underlying conditions that may contribute to the infection.

Close monitoring and follow-up are essential to ensure complete resolution of the infection and prevent recurrence.


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Created: April 10, 2024 Updated: April 10, 2024