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Both Adults and Children Can Get Urinary Tract Infections

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Nov 28, 2011 | Download Audio

Dr. Rodgers shares information about urinary tract infections in adults and children, and talks about symptoms and treatment.


Did you know that urinary tract infections, or UTIs, are the reason for over 8 million visits to a doctor each year?

Hi, I'm Dr. Griffin Rodgers, bringing you Healthy Moments from the NIH. I'm the director of the National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases.

Both adults and children can get UTIs. Women are more likely to get UTIs than men. In fact, half of all women will have a UTI in their lifetime.

For adults, symptoms include:

  • a frequent and intense urge to urinate
  • a painful, burning feeling during urination
  • a fever, or
  • cloudy or dark urine

For children, symptoms can include fever, foul smelling urine, frequent and painful urination, or irritability.

If you think you or your child may have a UTI, see a doctor. They can test the urine to find out. If it is a UTI, it can be treated with antibiotics.

To learn more, visit our website at NIDDK​. This is Dr. Griffin Rodgers. Join me next week for more Healthy Moments.

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