Urinary tract / bladder infections
Urinary tract infections
A urinary tract infection (UTI) is commonly known as a bladder infection. But actually the urinary tract is the whole system that produces, stores and expels urine – and the bladder is just one part of this system.
The urinary tract system includes:
- Kidneys- which form urine
- Bladder- which stores the urine
- Ureters tubes that carry the urine from the kidneys to the bladder
- Urethra- the tube from the bladder that passes out the urine
- Inflammation and pain, making it difficult to pass urine
- Bacteria to be present in your urine, even though you do not have any symptoms
- Cystitis - an inflammation or infection of the bladder lining
- Kidney infection – although this is not common. Sometimes a kidney infection can cause vague symptoms such as feeling generally unwell. More severe symptoms may include adbominal pain or backache, blood in your urine, fever, nausea, vomiting and/or diarrhoea.