DenpaNews The coronavirus not only attacks the respiratory system but also breeds in the respiratory tract and can affect other parts of the body and every organ and cause various symptoms. Two years after the pandemic, we know how Covid-19 can affect the heart, muscles, brain, and senses.
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Now, new evidence has been revealed showing how the coronavirus can even affect the urinary system causing urinary tract infections (UTIs). Urinary tract infections (UTIs) can affect any part of the urinary system the kidneys, ureters, bladder, and urethra. Most of the time the infection involves the lower urinary tract, the bladder, and the urethra.
Urine does not contain bacteria and moves through the urinary system without contamination. Bacteria enter the body from the outside and cause infection and inflammation, which is known as a UTI. UTI problems are more common in women than men because in women the urethra is shorter and closer to the anus, a common type of bacteria called E. coli is found.
If the infection is confined to the bladder, it can be painful and bothersome. In serious cases, it can spread to the kidneys. UTIs are generally treated with antibiotics.
Although UTIs are mostly caused by problems with hygiene, sexual activity, the use of certain birth control pills, as well as menopause, recent research suggests that COVID-19 infection can also be a cause. The infectious virus affects the lower tract, causing the typical symptoms of a UTI.
Surprisingly, UTIs due to coronavirus infection is more common in men than women. People who are hospitalized for severe COVID-19 infection are more likely to develop a UTI than other people.
Another study conducted to understand the relationship between coronavirus infection and male genitalia showed lower urinary tract involvement. In men, discomfort or pain in the genital system is a common symptom of a UTI caused by the coronavirus. During the study, it was observed that eight patients suffered from scrotal discomfort, 14 genital swelling, 16 pain, and one erythema.
Although men with mild infections did not develop a UTI, they did show a significant reduction in sperm concentration.
Symptoms of Urinary Tract Infection
Typical symptoms of a UTI, when infected with the coronavirus, include:
-Constant urge to urinate.
– Burning sensation when urinating.
– Frequent urination in small amounts
– Urine that looks cloudy.
– Urine appears red, bright pink, or cola-colored.
– Urine smells pungent.
– Pelvic pain, in women.
Some patients may even suffer from urinary tract irritation and symptoms. These signs are more common in older men than in younger ones.
How to detect if you have a UTI due to COVID
There is no sure way to know if a COVID-19 infection will lead to a UTI infection. All that can be done is to get an RT-PCR test when suffering from the typical symptoms of COVID-19 or UTI to confirm the presence of the virus in the body. If the test is positive, it means the UTI is caused by a viral infection. If not, it is due to a normal bacterial infection.
UTI are mostly caused by bacteria called Escherichia coli, which are naturally present in the body. If you have a UTI, drink plenty of water, keep clean, and consult a doctor to start the right treatment. It usually takes 4-7 days to recover from a UTI in normal cases. If it’s due to COVID-19, it may take longer.