A urinary tract infection is an infection of the lower
urinary tract, or the urethra and bladder. It is most commonly
acquired from spread of bacteria from the vagina or anus.
Symptoms include urinary frequency, urinary urgency, pain or
discomfort with urination, foul smelling urine and lower
abdominal pain/discomfort. Your doctor can diagnose this
infection with simple tests and treat it with a short course of
antibiotics. There are ways of preventing UTIs with behavior
modifications, including drinking more water or adding cranberry
juice or extract to your diet.
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Cranberry extract is a viable option for prevention of recurrent UTIs in older women..
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