Learn About What Consequences May Happen Due To Untreated Uti

Generally, urinary tract infections are widely spread both among men and women. They are very common conditions. However, this does not make a UTI safe or free of serious health complications. An untreated UTI can lead to some major health problems and even to death. So, let us take a look at the possible consequences and their prevention.

First of all, let us understand what is UTI. UTI is an abbreviation for urinary tract infections. The urinary tract includes several organs, such as urethra, bladder and kidneys. Most infections develop in the  ‘lower’ organs of the urinary tract, i.e. in urethra and bladder. These infections may cause painful symptoms and discomfort. However, most of them are easy to treat and do not threat your life.

Untreated uti

untreated UTI has many potential health complications

Serious problems start, when the infection goes all the way up into the kidneys. Kidney infection is called pyelonephritis. This condition has many severe health consequences and may lead to death. The good news is kidney infection can be easily treated with antibiotics. Here is the reason for this: most of the antibiotics leave our body with urine. This means, highly concentrated doses of antibiotics go directly into the kidneys and kill bacteria. This also means, your doctor may prescribe lower doses of antibiotics to treat any UTI.

Still, an untreated UTI is not something to play with. Pyelonephritis may cause many serious problems during the pregnancy time and even endanger your pregnancy. It may also lead to sepsis and eventually to death. This happens, if the infection gets carried away by the blood into all the rest of your organs from the bladder.

As a less serious complication, it may lead to recurring or chronic UTI development. This means, you start getting UTIs time after time and keep on getting them even after the treatment. This may also happen, if you do not finish the complete course of antibiotics, prescribed for your UTI. In this case, the bacteria in your urinary tract become resistant to this type of antibiotics and survive the treatment.

As a matter of fact, most people start feeling much better and get rid of the most UTI symptoms after a day or two of antibiotic treatment. This may cause them to stop the treatment and get the chronic UTI. So, make sure to finish the complete course, prescribed by your doctor, regardless of your urinary tract infection condition.

As you may see, an untreated UTI has many potential health complications to deal with. So, timely diagnose and treatment of this condition may help you to avoid all those troubles in the future and keep you healthy. Also learn some basic rules of UTI prevention to keep it away the best you can.

Additional information on http://www.livestrong.com/
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