The urinary tract is one of the systems of our body that eliminates waste.
After the kidneys have filtered the waste liquid, it is sent down the ureters on either side and down to the bladder. It will then leave the bladder down the urethra and be excreted as urine.
Pathogenic bacteria enter the urethra and cause inflammation and painful symptoms.
Urinary tract infections are more commonly in the bottom tube - the urethra. Sometimes,the bacteria overgrowth can go higher up the urinary tract and can infect the ureter or kidney itself. This is less common but more serious.
Urinary tract infections are more common in women than men, due to the female urethra being shorter. The female urethra is much closer to the anus than a male urethra, making it easier for bacteria to enter.
Symptoms of a UTI
Symptoms of a more serious kidney infection