Urinary Tract Infection or Yeast Infection?


Urinary tract infections (UTIs) and vaginal yeast infections are two common conditions that can affect women. Urine contains bacteria, and these bacteria normally live on the surface of the skin or in other parts of your body. But sometimes they make their way into your urinary tract. This can cause an infection called pyelonephritis if your urine becomes cloudy with pus or blood. Pyelonephritis causes inflammation at the opening where urine flows out of your kidneys into tubes called ureters (also called renal pelves).

E. Coli and Candida Albicans

E. Coli is a bacteria that can cause urinary tract infections (UTIs). Candida Albicans is a yeast that can cause yeast infections. Both E. coli and Candida Albicans are common causes for each type of infection, but you may have to see your doctor if you've had symptoms for more than 3 days or have a fever over 101°F since acquiring the infection.

Urinary Tract Infections (UTIs) vs. Vaginal Yeast Infections

You might be wondering: "What are UTIs, and how can I tell if I have one?"

UTIs are infections of the urinary tract — the tubes that carry urine from your bladder to outside of your body. The most common cause of UTIs is bacteria entering through a urethra (the tube that carries urine out of your bladder). This can happen when bacteria get into another part of the urinary tract or if you have an injury to this area. Another way for bacteria to enter into the urethra is by coming from an infected vagina or anus, which can lead to an infection in this area too.

Yeast infections occur when Candida Albicans bacteria multiplies on top of skin cells in areas like around vulva (vagina), anus (rectum), mouth/throat area and inside ear canal among others.

Difference in Symptoms

UTI symptoms are more severe and persistent, causing a higher urgency to seek medical treatment. Urinary tract infections commonly occur in women during their childbearing years, but anyone can get one.

The symptoms of a urinary tract infection include:

  • Pain in the lower belly area (the lower abdomen) or back pain. This pain may be accompanied by fever, chills and fatigue.
  • Blood in your urine that appears pinkish-brownish or dark red in color due to bacteria spilling into your urine from the bladder wall itself rather than just from external sources like vigorous exercise or sexual activity.

Difference in Causes

UTIs and yeast infections are both caused by bacteria, but they have different symptoms. Urine tract infections (UTIs) are usually caused by Escherichia coli or another bacterium called Proteus Mirabilis. 

    It's important to note that while UTIs are more common than yeast infections, they're also easier to treat with antibiotics. If you have an infection of the bladder (cystitis), your doctor may prescribe an antibiotic for seven days as long as symptoms persist after treatment has ended; this is known as a "prolonged course." If you have a mild case of cystitis--for example, if only one day passes between when your symptoms start and when they go away--there's no need for prolonged course of treatment; instead, simply finish taking whatever medicine prescribed by your doctor was given until it ran out before going on another round with something else later down the road should any new issues arise due to recurring symptoms like burning sensation during urination frequency decreasing over time due lack estrogen production levels increasing due menopause age range reaching 50 years old male population experiencing increase incidence rate statistically speaking resulting increase number total males aged 20-49 years old living across America today compared 2008 numbers reported 33% fewer females being infected annually since 2004 timeframe estimate being published August 2012 issue nationwide magazine named “Consumer Reports” reported consumer survey results showing that only 35% Americans felt confident enough knowing how best protect themselves against contracting sexually transmitted diseases such gonorrhea bacteria one type might cause problems developing fistula vagina rupture surgery procedure designed replacing damaged tissue failing due lack estrogen production levels increasing.

    Vaginal yeast infections are caused by an overgrowth of the fungus Candida. Factors that can increase the risk of developing a yeast infection include:

    • Antibiotic use, which can disrupt the balance of bacteria in the vagina
    • Hormonal changes, such as those that occur during pregnancy or menopause
    • Diabetes, which can increase the amount of sugar in the vagina
    • A weakened immune system
    • Using certain types of birth control, such as an intrauterine device (IUD)
    • Douching or using other vaginal products
    • Wearing tight-fitting or synthetic clothing
    • Having sexual intercourse with a partner who has a yeast infection.


    How They Are Treated

    • Antibiotics

    If you have a UTI, your doctor may prescribe antibiotics to treat it. These medications will either clear up the infection or keep it from spreading further and causing more serious complications.

    • Anti-fungal medication

    If the infection isn't treated within two weeks, it's likely that it has spread beyond where it started: the bladder (urinary tract). This means that there are now areas in your body where bacteria can grow and cause further damage. Your doctor may give you an anti-fungal medication to help prevent this from happening again by killing off any lingering yeast cells in your body as well as any other potential pathogens that might be causing problems elsewhere on your body such as skin conditions like athlete's foot or ringworm.

    E. Coli Antibiotics

    • Amoxicillin (Amoxil) - this antibiotic is given orally or by injection, depending on your condition
    • Ciprofloxacin - an oral fluoroquinolone antibiotic used in both children and adults with UTIs


    Yeast infections are caused by a fungus and are more likely to affect women than men. The most common symptoms are a burning sensation when passing urine and itching around the anus. Women who experience these symptoms should consult their doctor, as they may have an infection that requires treatment with antibiotics or antifungal creams.

    Urine infections mostly occur in people who have weakened immune systems, such as those who are elderly or chronically ill. It can also be linked to other illnesses including urinary tract stones and bladder problems like cystitis (inflammation of the bladder). Women over 40 years old who experience frequent UTIs often have signs of kidney disease because they don't produce enough urine on their own, which means bacteria can grow in between cells without being flushed out frequently enough.


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