Viral Infections of the Urinary System

Viral Infections of the Urinary System

Viral Infections of the Urinary System
A viral urinary system infection is an infection of the urinary system that is caused by a virus, not bacteria. Urinary system infections can attack any part of the urinary system, including the urethra, bladder and kidneys. Women are affected more often than men. Occasionally a herpes simplex virus causes a urinary system infection.

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    Viral urinary system infections primarily affect the organs involved in the production, storage, and passage of urine in the body. This includes the kidneys, ureters, bladder, and urethra. Viral urinary system infections are usually caused by bacteria but may be caused by herpes simplex virus, a common virus in sexually transmitted disease. Viral urinary system infections, if treated, should not affect your reproductive organs, but if left untreated, infection can spread causing complications with reproduction. Complications include miscarriage, ectopic pregnancy, pelvic inflammatory disease, inflammation of the ovaries, and fertility issues.

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    Although urinary system infections are not uncommon, viral urinary system infections are not as common. Most urinary system infections are the result of bacteria getting into the system through the urethra. Occasionally, a urinary system infection is caused by a herpes simplex virus.