A UTI is caused by bacteria entering the urethra that multiply in the bladder.
You'll know when you have a UTI. It will burn when you pee, and you'll feel like you have to go constantly, yet you won't be able to push much urine out. You could have pain on one side under your ribs, where your kidneys are. More serious UTIs include fevers and nausea.
A doctor will test your urine to determine if you have a urinary tract infection. Or you can use a home test to see if you have a UTI. Antibiotics are perscribed to treat UTIs. Drinking lots of water and cranberry juice helps alleivate the symptoms of a UTI. You can also try a cranberry tablet.
To prevent future UTIs, drink a lot of water and always urinate when you have the urge todon't hold it. Make sure to pee after intercourse, to flush your urethra. Always wipe from front to back, which stops the spread of bacteria. Don't use feminine products like deodorant sprays that can enter the urethra. Finally, take cranberry supplements, which promote urinary tract health.