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Causes of Urinary Track Infection

Were you looking for information about causes of Urinary Tract Infection? Urinary track infection is a common misspelling of urinary tract infection.
In most cases, the causes of a UTI (urinary tract infection) involve a type of bacteria called Escherichia coli (E. coli), which normally lives in the colon. In addition to bacteria, possible causes include other microorganisms, such as chlamydia and mycoplasma. While not causes of UTIs, certain risk factors increase a person's chances of developing an infection. Examples of these risk factors include urinary tract problems (such as kidney stones), medical conditions (such as diabetes), and menopause.
Urinary tract infections cannot always be prevented, but you can reduce your chances of developing them. This involves things like drinking plenty of fluids, urinating frequently, urinating shortly after sex, and wearing cotton underwear and loose-fitting clothes.
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Last reviewed by: Arthur Schoenstadt, MD
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