Urinary tract infections (UTIs) are exactly as their title implies: they happen when germs build up in our urinary system and cause an infection. They are the second most common type of internal infection and account for about 10 million visits to the doctor each year. Women, men and children can get UTIs, with women four times more likely to have them.
The urinary system is complex with a big, important job to do
It’s our body’s main way for removing waste and extra water — no small task. Most of us have a urinary system composed of:
Two kidneys – filter waste out of the blood
Two ureters – tubes that take urine from the kidneys to the bladder
One bladder — holds the urine
One urethra — carries urine from the bladder out of the body
Summer weather brings on more UTIs
Germs grow more easily when the weather is hot, so your chances of getting a UTI are higher in the summer. In addition, swimming pools can be a breeding ground for germs, which also contributes to the seasonal rise in UTIs because:
- Sometimes people pee in the water
- Sometimes people don’t shower before entering the water
- Sometimes the pool isn’t maintained with proper levels of chlorine
You can help lower your chances of getting some of the summer-related UTIs by always quickly changing out of wet bathing suits and sweaty clothes. You should also drink a lot of water and don’t “hold it” when you need to urinate.
We don’t want to make our patients fear their community pool or prevent you from being excited about the arrival of summer weather and activities. We do want you to be aware of ways your risk can be increased, and how to recognize if you might have a urinary tract infection.
UTI signs and symptoms
- Urinating frequently
- Pain or burning when you urinate
- Cloudy, bloody or strong smelling urine
- Pain in the back
- Pain in the side near the ribs
- Feeling of pressure in the lower belly
- Fever or chills
Most UTIs aren’t dangerous and easily treated
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