Urinary tract infections are not uncommon. They potentially affect your bladder, urethra, and kidneys. Most people who have experienced them will tell you they come with pain and are very disruptive to daily life. Drinking plenty of water can help reduce your chances of contracting a UTI. While women tend to be more susceptible to them, the truth is that both men and women get UTI’s. When bacteria, viruses, or fungi that cause urinary tract infections enter the urinary system and bypass your body’s natural defenses, you tend to end up with a UTI. At times you may experience some of the following signs and symptoms with your urinary tract infection: An intense and frequent sensation to urinate A burning feeling while you urinate You may also notice that you urinate more often but in small amounts. Your urine may have a very strong odor. There is a chance you will also experience blood in your urine as well as pain around your pubic bone. While urinary tract infections can be harmless for the most part, they also have the potential to lead to kidney failure and sepsis. It is important to see a doctor as soon as possible when these symptoms begin to show up. And while your primary care doctor can typically treat and care for you in this situation, should you develop the symptoms at a time of day when your doctor is not available or your symptoms or concerning for a complication or overwhelming infection, rest assured that our team here at Beaumont Emergency Room can make sure you are diagnosed properly and given the right medications or other treatments you require to treat your infection and get you feeling better.