• Symptoms of Urinary Tract Infection (UTI)

    While it is possible to have a urinary tract infection (UTI) without any symptoms, most people notice symptoms.
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    Symptoms of a urinary tract infection include the following:
    • Increased frequency of urination
    • Feeling of urgency to urinate
    • Burning or pain while urinating
    • Itching in the genital area
    • Urinating only small amounts of urine at a time
    • Pain over the area of the bladder (the pubic area or lower abdomen) or in the lower back
    • Pain along the sides under the ribs (back and flank pain)
    • Blood in the urine, or on the tissue after wiping following urination in women
    • Cloudy looking urine, possibly with pus
    • Unpleasant smell to urine
    • New onset of incontinence (inability to hold the urine during the day or night)
    The following symptoms suggest that the infection has gone up into the kidneys, a more serious problem:
    • Fever, chills
    • Severe pain in the lower back
    Children (babies in particular) may have less common symptoms of UTI, such as:
    • Irritability
    • Difficulty feeding
    • Incontinence
    • Loose stools, diarrhea
    • Nausea, vomiting
    • Slow weight gain ( failure-to-thrive )
    Older people may have more vague symptoms of a UTI, such as fatigue, confusion, loss of appetite, or trouble walking.

    References

    American Foundation for Urologic Disease. Urinary tract infections in adults. American Urological Association Foundation website. Available at: http://www.urologyhealth.org/ . Accessed July 31, 2010.

    Griffith’s 5-Minute Clinical Consult. 2001 ed. Lippincott Williams & Wilkins; 2001.

    National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases. Urinary tract infections in adults. National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases website. Available at: http://kidney.niddk.nih.gov/kudiseases/pubs/utiadult/ . Published December 2005. Accessed July 31, 2010.

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