A common infection is going around Mid-Michigan right now, one that about half of all women will get at some point in their lives. Dr. Katie Hammond at McLaren Greater Lansing's Mid-Michigan Physicians Internal Medicine Associates has treated several patients with urinary-tract infections lately. Bacteria are the most-common cause, but virus and fungi can bring them on as well.
Symptoms include a burning sensation while urinating. You may feel the strong urge to relieve yourself, only to produce a small amount of urine. It may look cloudy, dark or bloody and it may have a strong odor.
If you develop a fever, the infection may have reached the kidneys or prostate.
Most urinary-tract infections clear up on their own. You may need antibiotics if it's a bacterial infection. See a doctor as soon as the symptoms begin to determine which type of UTI you have.
You can reduce your chances of getting a UTI by drinking plenty of water, 6 to 8 eight-ounce glasses a day.
Go to the bathroom as soon as you feel the need, don't hold it unless you have to. Avoid tight-fitting pants and wear breathable cotton underwear.