How does a urinary tract infection affect the body?


If a bladder infection is not treated it may progress and affect the kidneys and subsequently the entire body, causing back pain, fever, chills, nausea and vomiting. If the infection progresses further, low blood pressure, increased heart rate and confusion may occur. Common symptoms of a bladder infection include pain or burning during urination, increased frequency in urination, increased urgency and, less frequently, blood in the urine.

A UTI is a bacterial or fungal infection of the bladder, says Timothy Atkinson, MD, from Frankfort Regional Medical Center. It can cause fever, chills, blood in the urine and more. Find out additional symptoms by watching this short video.

An infection in the urinary tract can cause a variety of symptoms throughout the body. Watch this video with urologist Kyle Himsl, MD, from Los Robles Hospital & Medical Center to learn how.

A urinary tract infection has no affect on the body other than being an inconvenience for the person, says Kenneth Stallman, MD, with Methodist Specialty and Transplant Hospital. In this video, he talks about the lesser symptoms of a UTI.

Urinary tract infections can affect the body in several ways, depending on the specific location of the infection and the severity of the infection. When the lower urinary tract is involved and the severity is limited, local symptoms such as pain and burning with urination, frequent and hesitant urination and blood in the urine are typical. When the upper urinary tract is involved and/or the severity of the infection is more pronounced, more generalized symptoms such as fever, chills, nausea, vomiting and abdominal and back pain may appear. When urinary tract infections are treated promptly and effectively, complications are unlikely. However, if treatment is delayed or insufficient, significant complications can arise.

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