The urinary tract is the body\u2019s drainage system for removing wastes and extra water. It includes the kidneys, ureters, bladder, and urethra. A urinary tract infection (UTI) occurs when a bacteria infects any part of the urinary tract.\nUrinary Tract Infection Risks & Symptoms\nWomen have a higher risk of developing UTIs compared to men, as do individuals that are diabetic, sexually active, pregnant, and don\u2019t drink enough fluids. See your doctor if you are a high risk individual and\/or have any of the following symptoms:\n\nStrong urges to urinate\nBurning feeling during urination\nCloudy or bright red urine\nStrong-smelling urine\nPelvic or rectal pain\nFever and nausea\n\nMost UTIs can be treated by a primary care doctor or urgent care physician. Doctors typically prescribe antibiotics to treat UTIs, and symptoms clear up within a few days to a few weeks. Severe infections may be referred to an urologist\u00a0(specializes in urinary disorders) or nephrologist (specializes in kidney disorders) for further treatment.\nWays to Help Prevent UTIs\n\nUrinate often and when the urge arises. Bacteria can grow when urine stays in the bladder too long.\nDrinking lots of fluid (water is best) to help flush bacteria out of the system.\nUrinate shortly after sex to help flush away bacteria.\nWipe from front to back after using the toilet to prevent bacteria from entering into the urethra.\nWear cotton underwear and loose-fitting clothes so air can keep the urethra dry.\nUse lubricated condoms without spermicide or a non-spermicidal lubricant during sex. A diaphragm or spermicide for birth control can promote bacteria growth and lead to UTIs.