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whats wrong with me? i've been peeing non-stop for the past two hours. Everytime that i do pee, i have a bad burning sensation afterwards. But whenever i do pee, it's only like a couple of drops. It's happened 10 times in the past hour and a half. help?

By Anonymous July 22, 2011 - 7:25am
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I also just had sex a couple of days ago, if that makes any difference. I'm seventeen years old as well.

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Hi Anon,

Thanks for your question and welcome to EmpowHer!
Based on your symptoms it sounds as though you may have a Urinary Tract Infection.

UTIs are caused by bacteria that invade the urinary system and multiply. The infection can occur in any part of the urinary system, but usually starts in the urethra (a tube that carries the urine out of the body).

In most cases, bacteria (usually from the digestive tract and rectal area) begin growing in the urethra. They cling to the opening of the urethra and begin to multiply. An infection only in the urethra is called urethritis . From there, bacteria move to the bladder, causing a bladder infection ( cystitis ). If the infection is not treated right away, bacteria may then go up the ureters (two tubes that carry urine from the kidneys to the bladder) and infect the kidneys ( pyelonephritis ).

Most infections are caused by one type of bacteria called E. coli . E. coli normally lives in the colon. In women, since the rectum and urethra are fairly close to each other, the bacteria can move into the urethra. This makes women more prone to UTIs than men.

UTIs can also be sexually transmitted. This type of infection usually does not spread past the urethra. Both partners need to be treated.

Symptoms include:
Frequent and urgent need to urinate
Passing small amounts of urine
Pain in the abdomen or pelvic area
Burning sensation during urination
Cloudy, bad-smelling urine
Increased need to get up at night to urinate
Blood in the urine
Leaking urine
Low back pain or pain along the side of the ribs
Fever and chills
Nausea and poor appetite
Bloody urine, low back pain, high fever, and chills are all signs of a kidney infection . Call your doctor right away if you have these symptoms.

Please keep in mind that these symptoms could also be due to something else so it is important that you see a doctor right away.

UTIs are treated with antibiotic drugs. Standard medical care for a UTI includes taking antibiotics for three days. You most likely will start to feel better after a day or two. However, it is important that you continue to take the entire course of medication.

You may be asked to have your urine checked after you finish taking the antibiotics. This is to make sure that the infection is truly gone.

For more information, please visit: http://www.empowher.com/condition/urinary-tract-infection/definition

All the best,


July 22, 2011 - 8:04am
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