Author: Cristina Hamme, M.D.
Urinary tract infections (UTIs) are any type of infection of the urinary tract which can include anything from bladder to kidney infections. UTIs can cause a range of symptoms from burning during urination, increased frequency in urination, a change in urine color or odor, back pain, fever or chills. Although more common in women, children and men can also get UTIs. UTIs are more common in women because the urethra, the tube that carries urine, is shorter in women than men, allowing bacteria to more easily reach the bladder. Children may not have any symptoms except fever or fussiness. Men with an enlarged prostate are at increased risk because the prostate can block urine flow and lead to infection. Anything that obstructs the flow of urine can lead to UTIs. People with kidney stones, strictures, catheters, weakened immune systems, diabetic and pregnant women are more likely to get UTIs.