Caused by a bacterial infection within the urethra and known for the burning sensation felt during urination, urinary tract infections can quickly go from mild discomfort to excruciating pain. If left untreated, the infection can spread to the kidneys, causing more serious health issues. Urinary infections are common and highly treatable. At Florida Hospital, our experienced, compassionate physicians successfully treat many urinary tract infections, providing patients much needed comfort and peace of mind.
Urinary Tract Infections
What are urinary tract infections (UTIs)?
Urinary tract infections are a serious, but common, health problem that affects millions of people each year. Women are especially prone to urinary tract infections.
What causes urinary tract infections?
Normal urine is sterile and contains fluids, salts, and waste products. It is free of bacteria, viruses, and fungi. An infection occurs when microorganisms, usually bacteria from the digestive tract, cling to the opening of the urethra, the hollow tube that carries urine from the bladder to the outside of the body, and begin to multiply.
Most infections arise from Escherichia coli (E. coli) bacteria, which normally live in the colon.