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Urinary Tract Infections (UTI)

What are the symptoms of a urinary tract infection?

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  • The symptoms that a urinary tract infection causes depend, to some degree, on the specific location in the urinary tract that the infection has occurred. Most symptomatic urinary tract infections involve the bladder and, as such, can also be termed cystitis. Typical symptoms of lower urinary tract infections are pain or burning with urination, frequent urination, hesitancy on urination, blood in the urine, lower abdominal pain or discomfort. Infections involving the kidneys are less common but more severe. Typical symptoms of upper urinary tract infections include fever, chills, back pain, side pain, abdominal pain, and nausea with or without vomiting.

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  • AHealthwise answered

    Symptoms of a urinary tract infection (UTI) may include:

    • Pain or burning when you urinate.
    • An urge to urinate frequently but usually passing only small amounts of urine.
    • Dribbling (inability to control urine release).
    • Pain or a feeling of heaviness in your lower abdomen.
    • Reddish or pinkish urine.
    • Foul-smelling urine.
    • Cloudy urine.
    • Pain in the flank, which is felt just below the rib cage and above the waist on one or both sides of the back.
    • Lower belly pain.
    • Fever and chills.
    • Nausea and vomiting.

    Some people have bacteria in their urinary tract without having any symptoms. This is called asymptomatic bacteriuria. These types of infections often affect pregnant women, older adults and people who need a catheter to urinate. Pregnant women are screened for asymptomatic bacteriuria and treated with antibiotics, because it can cause preterm labor and other problems if not treated. Asymptomatic bacteriuria may lead to infections that cause symptoms, but in many cases it does not. It usually goes away without treatment.

    Several other conditions, such as vaginal infections or irritable bladder, cause symptoms similar to those of a UTI. Your doctor may evaluate your health for one or more of these if you have urinary symptoms, depending on your medical history and how well you respond to treatment for a UTI.

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    • AMichael T. Murray, Naturopathic Medicine, answered

      Burning pain on urination; increased urinary frequency (especially at night); cloudy, foul-smelling, or dark urine; and lower abdominal pain are common symptoms of urinary tract infection (UTI). The urine of someone with a UTI will show a significant number of bacteria and white blood cells.

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    • A urinary tract infection (UTI) causes moderate pain in the lower abdominal region when you urinate. Other symptoms of a UTI include blood in the urine, nausea, vomiting, fever, chills, and fatigue. (This answer provided for NATA by the Southern Connecticut State University Athletic Training Education Program)
    • AJill Grimes, MD, Family Medicine, answered
      Signs and symptoms of urinary infections (UTIs) are burning when you urinate, and urgency and/or frequency of urinating. As the infection progresses, you could develop back pain, nausea, vomiting and fever -- all serious signs that it's past time to see your doctor!

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