Symptoms of Urinary Tract Infection (UTI)
While it is possible to have a urinary tract infection without any symptoms, most people notice symptoms.
The Female Urinary System
Symptoms of a urinary tract infection include the following:
- Increased frequency of urination
- Feeling of urgency
- 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 signifying visible pus
- Unpleasant smell to urine
- New onset of incontinence (inability to hold the urine, during the day or at 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:
- Difficulty feeding
- 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.
American Foundation for Urologic Disease website. Available at: http://www.auafoundation.org/auafhome.asp .
Griffith’s 5-Minute Clinical Consult. 2001 ed. Lippincott Williams & Wilkins; 2001.
National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases website. Available at: http://www2.niddk.nih.gov/ .
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