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Urinary Infection

You may have a urinary infection if:
  • you feel you have to go to the bathroom often;
  • when you do go, you urinate
  • only a small amount;
  • you have pain or burning when you urinate;
  • you have blood in your urine.

This is a common problem for women and it is easy to treat, especially when caught early. Your doctor may prescribe medicine to kill the bacteria that cause the infection.

If the doctor prescribes medicine, keep taking it until all the pills are gone. Don't stop because you are feeling better. Sometimes pain and burning go away before the infection is cured. If you stop taking the medicine too soon, the infection can continue and may even get worse.

It also helps to keep drinking lots of liquids (especially water)to flush bacteria out of the urinary tract.

To help yourself avoid urinary infections:
  • urinate as soon as you feel you have to (don't hold it in and wait);
  • use lots of lubrication when you are having sex;
  • urinate after sexual intercourse;
  • always wipe from front to back when using the toilet
  • wear cotton underpants.

For more information call 311.

Last Updated: December 31, 2012