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Bladder Infection Symptoms & Diagnosis

Symptoms

The symptoms of cystitis vary from person-to-person and can range from mild to severe. They include:

  • Frequent and urgent need to urinate
  • Passing only small amounts of urine
  • Pain in the abdomen or pelvic area, or in the low back
  • Burning sensation during urination
  • Leaking urine
  • Increased need to get up at night to urinate
  • Cloudy, bad-smelling urine
  • Blood in the urine
  • Low-grade fever
  • Fatigue

Diagnosis

The doctor will ask about your symptoms and medical history, and perform a physical exam. In addition, a sample of your urine will be tested for blood, pus, and bacteria. If bacteria are present in the urine, you will likely be diagnosed with cystitis.

Children and men who develop cystitis may require additional testing. The doctor will use a cystoscope to check for structural abnormalities of the urinary system that predispose them to infection.

Please be aware that this information is provided to supplement the care provided by your physician. It is neither intended nor implied to be a substitute for professional medical advice. CALL YOUR HEALTHCARE PROVIDER IMMEDIATELY IF YOU THINK YOU MAY HAVE A MEDICAL EMERGENCY. Always seek the advice of your physician or other qualified health provider prior to starting any new treatment or with any questions you may have regarding a medical condition. Copyright © 2019 EBSCO Publishing All rights reserved.

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