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Urinary tract infections (UTIs) are a serious health problem. They are also very common, affecting millions of people each year. In most cases, they are caused by Escherichia coli (E. coli) bacteria.
Though not everyone with a UTI has symptoms, most people do. Common ones include:
  • A frequent urge to urinate
  • A painful, burning feeling in the area of the bladder or urethra during urination
  • Feeling bad all over -- tired, shaky, washed out -- even when not urinating
  • An uncomfortable pressure above the pubic bone (in women).
Some of the factors that increase your risk of getting a UTI include:
  • Gender (women are more likely than men to have a UTI)
  • Sexual intercourse
  • Urinary tract problems, such as an enlarged prostate or kidney stones 
  • Habitually waiting too long to pass urine.
(To learn about how UTIs are treated and how you can reduce your risk of developing one, click UTI.)
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