A urinary tract infection, or UTI, refers to infections affecting your urinary system. UTIs may affect your bladder, urethra, kidneys, or ureters. Although the condition is often not serious, it may be painful and uncomfortable. Seeking medical attention is a great way to reduce the chances of complications and get the relief you need.
Symptoms of a UTI:
UTIs affect everyone differently. There are no universal symptoms, even within the same individual. Some common signs of a UTI include irregularities with urination. These symptoms may include:
- Feeling the need to urinate
Many victims of UTIs feel the unusual urge to go to the bathroom constantly. They may frequently urinate during these trips to the bathroom, but only small urine deposits at a time.
- Painful urination
UTIs often cause these constant trips to the bathroom to be uncomfortable. Painful urination associated with UTIs is usually a burning sensation. This discomfort ranges from a dull pain to a sharp burn, depending on the infection’s intensity and location.
- Discolored urine
Depending on which parts of the urinary tract have an infection, discoloration is possible. Healthy urine is a clear, pale yellow. UTIs may cause urine to become cloudy or even reddish. Urine that is any shade of pink or red indicates blood is in the urine. While this is nothing to panic over, you should contact your physician immediately.
- Smelly urine
Another sign of unhealthy urine is when it has a powerful smell. Urine generally doesn‘t smell pleasant, especially after eating things like asparagus, but potent urine may indicate a UTI.
Victims may experience a leaking discharge from their urethra. Discharge is not urine, but a sign of infection.
- Pelvic pain
Individuals suffering from a UTI may feel pain in the center of their pelvis. This symptom is more common in women than men and ranges in severity.
As with any infection, fevers are a common symptom. High fevers, accompanied by shaking and chills, are often a sign of kidney infection.
How are UTIs Treated?
There are many different treatments for UTIs depending on the severity and the experienced symptoms. While there are some holistic approaches, antibiotics are sometimes necessary. Taking medications for treating the symptoms, such as painkillers, is also a standard option.
When Should I See a Doctor?
Whenever you feel as though something is “not right“ with your body, you should reach out to a doctor immediately. Medical professionals specialize in diagnosing and treating illnesses and have access to the resources needed to diagnose conditions officially.
If you experience any of the mentioned symptoms, make an appointment with your medical care physician. They offer expert advice to keep you happy and healthy.
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