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Urinary tract infections are very common.  Most women will tell you when they have them.  They know the symptoms and they know how it affects them.  The thing about a UTI that's important is it does need antibiotic treatment and you need a culture.  You need to figure out what exactly is causing the urinary tract infection.  If you look at it and figure that out, you have a greater opportunity of trying to figure out how to treat it.  The thing about a UTI that's very important is that it can develop into what we call a pyelonephritis and affect the kidneys if we don't treat it right away.  

By: Brian McDonough, M.D., FAAFP