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Urinary System

Your urinary tract—made up of the bladder, kidneys, and urethra—is the body’s filtration system. It relieves your body of excess fluid, but also gets rid of waste, regulates blood volume, and maintains the balance of chemicals in your blood.

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While only antibiotics can get rid of the bacteria causing your urinary tract infection, there are some simple ways to lessen the pain.

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If you’ve been finding yourself taking more trips to the bathroom than usual, read this guide to discover the most common reasons for excessive urination in women.

Understand your bright red (bloody) urine symptoms, including 10 causes and common questions.

Female urethral discharge is usually the first sign of an infection known as urethritis. The causes of white particles in urine, or mucus in urine, is known as gonococcal urethritis, which can also cause pain and burning in the urethra.

It’s not unusual for urine to appear darker temporarily if you’ve eaten certain foods or become dehydrated. But urine that is consistently dark brown can be a sign of a more serious problem, such as infections, liver disease, and kidney problems.

Pain with urination is a common problem that may be caused by an infection or a reaction to ingredients in soap or detergent. Sometimes, it’s a sign of a kidney stone, which can cause intense pain and may need to be broken up by your doctor or removed surgically.

Cloudy urine is a symptom of many conditions, including dehydration and urinary tract and yeast infections, or simply something you ate. But it can also be a sign of diabetes and kidney disease.

An itchy urethra in females is a symptom from an inflamed urethra. This condition is usually caused by urethritis or a yeast infection. Women who have an irritated urethra may also be experiencing burning when peeing, or itching around the vaginal area.

Frequent urination can signify normal physiological changes. But in some cases, it may be a sign of an underlying condition or infection.

Find out how to treat your mixed urinary incontinence

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A urinary tract infection (UTI) causes burning and the need to urinate frequently. It’s caused by bacteria and needs to be treated with an antibiotic. There are a few steps you can take to try to prevent them.

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Urine could have foul, strong, or sweet smelling characteristics. The most common causes of bad smelling urine are dehydration, dietary changes, or a side-effect of medication.

A urinary tract infection (UTI) occurs when bacteria invade the bladder or kidneys. They can easily be treated with antibiotics. Common symptoms include: burning and frequent urination and the urgent need to urinate.

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