How to Determine Urinary Tract Infection Symptoms

November 12, 2012

How to Determine Urinary Tract Infection Symptoms

Urinary tract infections are very common and generally affect more women than men, they may be very painful, causing a lot of discomfort, but they tend to last no more than a few days and will also, if necessary, respond quickly to a course of antibiotics.

There are several things which can generally be seen when considering urinary tract symptoms – the first and most obvious one is the increase in the desire to empty the bladder – even when the patient has just passed water. There may, or may not, be a burning sensation when urinating and this may well not be a urinary tract symptom but rather indicate a limited infection in the urethra. Patients may feel pain or discomfort in the back, pelvic region and/or abdomen – sometimes a feeling of intense pressure and bloating may be experienced. Another tell tale symptomof an infection of the urinary tractis a strong smell associated with the urine – it may also appear to be dark in colour rather than the usual light straw colour – the urine may also be cloudy with traces of blood. This cloudiness is the urinary tract infection symptom which almost always confirms the diagnosis. A fever is not always perceptible as a urinary tract infection symptom.

If the urinary tract infection symptoms are ignored and persist for longer than 6 or 7 days a kidney infection may be present. Occasionally the lower urinary tract infection symptoms may be the only indication of a possible kidney infection. A kidney infection may be referred to as a ‘silent’ or upper tract infection. A developing or developed kidney infection will have different urinary tract symptoms as well as those associated with the lower tract. These may include disturbed sleep due to an increased need to pass water during the night; a persistent fever alternating with an attack of the chills, nausea and possibly vomiting, pain along the back at around waist level.

The symptoms of a urinary tract infection are more difficult to detect in babies and toddlers – part of the problem being the child’s inability to vocalise his/her symptoms but also their urinary tract infection symptoms are generally of the more ‘silent’ type associated with kidney infection. The difficulties of checking the colour of urine when using diapers are one obvious obstacle to discovering urinary tract infection symptoms. A persistent high fever, urine that smells much worse than normal, listlessness and fatigue, vomiting and pain in the stomach and back may all be indicative of urinary tract infectionsymptoms. A child who has previously been ‘dry’ and out of diapers during the day and at night but who suddenly start bedwetting or experiencing ‘accidents’ may also be exhibiting urinary tract infection symptoms.

In the elderly there may again be different urinary tract infection symptoms which we should be aware of. A classic lower urinary tract infection may also include altered mental status in seniors – confusion is often a side effect of dehydration which in turn can lead to a urinary tract infection. Seniors may also experience vomiting, pain in the abdomen, a cough and shortness of breath.

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