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Urinary tract infections (UTIs) are a common health problem for women, young girls, and some infant boys. They may also occur in men. (UTI may involve any part of the urinary tract- the bladder or the upper urinary tract or both)

Symptoms
Urinary infections are generally caused by E.coli bacteria, which are normally present in the digestive system. Since women have shorter urethras, they are much more susceptible to the infection than men. Other causes of irritation to the genital area that may be associated with bladder infection include intercourse, diaphragms, wearing tight jeans or pants, bike riding, infrequent urination, perfumed soaps and powders, even spicy food.

Prevention of Urinary Tract Infections