Harvard Health Letter

Silent urinary infections, serious consequences

Older women and men are susceptible to urinary tract infections. These often occur when bacteria from the rectum cling to the urethra (the tube leading to the bladder) and then ascend to the bladder. Symptoms include burning with urination, frequent urination, a sense of urgency to urinate, and pain in the area of the bladder. But symptoms don’t always occur in older adults, which may result in a UTI going untreated and then spreading to the kidneys, where the bacteria can get into the bloodstream easily and cause sepsis. The key to prevention is increased fluid intake.
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