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What are the symptoms of a urinary tract infection?

By Anonymous July 9, 2014 - 5:24pm
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What are the symptoms of a urinary tract infection? What are the ways you can get one? How severe is it if a UTI goes untreated?

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Hi Anon

Thanks for your question! 

A UTI is caused by bacteria that enters the urethra usually from the vagina, rectum or the digestive system. Risk factors include: 

Symptoms may include:

  • Frequent and urgent need to urinate
  • Passing small amounts of urine
  • Pain in the abdomen or pelvic area
  • Burning sensation during urination
  • Cloudy, bad-smelling urine
  • Increased need to get up at night to urinate
  • Blood in the urine
  • Leaking urine
  • Low back pain or pain along the side of the ribs
  • Fever and chills
  • Nausea and poor appetite

Read lots more here:


A UTI that is not treated can lead to a kidney infection - these can be quite serious as they affect the function of the kidney. 

Read all about kidney infections here: 


If you feel you have a UTI, please seek treatment straight away. 

Has this helped, Anon? 



July 11, 2014 - 10:40am
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Anonymous (reply to Susan Cody)

Thanks, that's a really detailed answer, with a lot of good information.

July 11, 2014 - 12:49pm
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