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Bay County, Fla. -

Urinary tract infections, or UTIs, can cause pain and complications.

Nurse Practitioner Christy Johnson from Bay Medical-Sacred Heart Family Medicine says a urinary tract infection "is an infection in any part of your urinary system — your kidneys, ureters, bladder and urethra. Most infections involve the lower urinary tract — the bladder and the urethra."  She says women are at the greatest risk of developing this type of infection, and it can be very serious if it spreads to your kidneys.

Johnson says symptoms include:

  • A strong, persistent urge to urinate
  • A burning sensation when urinating
  • Passing frequent, small amounts of urine
  • Urine that appears cloudy
  • Urine that appears red, bright pink or cola-colored
  • Strong-smelling urine
  • Pelvic pain, in women, and rectal pain in men

Johnson says doctors typically use antibiotics to treat urinary tract infections.  She says it's important to contact your doctor immediately if you have any of the symptoms.