A bladder infection is usually a localized infection. The bladder is part of the urinary system and is connected to the kidney by the ureters and to the urethra, which moves urine to the outside of the body. A bladder infection may cause burning during urination, an uncontrollable urge to urinate with only small amounts of urine being passed at one time, pain in the pelvic area, or a general feeling of illness. A bladder infection, if left untreated, may spread to any part of the urinary system and cause several complications if it reaches the kidneys.
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- Q What is a bladder infection?
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