Urinary tract infection (UTI) is the most common kind of bacterial infection in both men and women of all ages. Only the common cold, which is caused by a virus, affects more people each year than UTIs. As you get older you have a greater chance of developing a UTI. From birth until the age of about 45, the prevalence is 1 – 3%. That means, in any given year, about 1 – 3% of men and women less than 45 years will develop a UTI. After the age of 45, the prevalence gradually rises until, by age 80, the prevalence is 20 – 30% In the neonatal period, the male:female ratio is about 1:1, but through the reproductive years, women are more regularly afflicted (male: female ratio = 1:50), and in old age, the ratio reverts back to 1:1 again. UTI is a broad term and may include infections of the bladder, prostate, urethra, or the kidneys.
In the great majority of people, UTIs are nothing more than a nuisance and are cured after just a day or two of antibiotics. For other people, though, recurring infections can interfere with their lives and restrict their activities. For these people and for those who develop kidney infections, a full urologic evaluation should done to identify and treat underlying causes. Fortunately, for the great majority of people, effective treatment and cure is possible.
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