Ask The Nurse; How can I tell if I have a Urinary Tract Infection?

October 1, 2017

  1. Pain with urination. A burning sensation with general discomfort.
  2. Frequency of urine. Going only a small amount. Incontinence of urine or difficulty with stress incontinence
  3. Blood in the urine when voiding. This could also be a symptom of something else.
  4. Cloudy or smelly urine.
  5. Running a low grade fever. Chills.
  6. A feeling of pressure in the lower abdomen.
  7. Pelvic discomfort or pain. Soaking in dirty bath water can also cause a urinary infection.
  8. Pain. General discomfort. Feeling ill. Feeling confused.
  9. Lower back or pain in the side.
  10. Nausea with or without vomitting.
  11. Lethargy. Increased tiredness and lack of motivation.
  12. Aching of the muscles or joints.
  13. Notable to completely empty the bladder.

Only a doctor can confirm a bladder infection or UTI. See your physician as soon as possible, if you are experiencing any of these symptoms. Left untreated, a UTI can lead to sepsis or blood infection.

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