Fever and burning when passing urine – Understanding Urinary Tract Infections

Dr Vivek Baliga Dr Vivek Baliga, Urine , , , ,

One of the commonest reasons why patients come to our general medical clinic is fever. On questioning, many of them have a high fever for a day or two, that is associated with burning sensation when they pass urine. It is likely that the patient is suffering from an infection in the urine, commonly called UTI, or urinary tract infection.

Given how common this is, we thought we should briefly touch upon what a UTI is, and how it is treated.

What is a urinary tract infection?

A urinary tract infection refers to an infection that has affected the bladder or any other part of the urinary system. It is commoner in women when compared to men, and is often seen in older individuals.

What forms the urinary tract?

The urinary tract consists of the following –


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