How to Recognize Bladder Infection Symptoms

November 12, 2012

How to Recognize Bladder Infection Symptoms

Cystitis or bladder infection symptoms are very similar to kidney infection symptoms. Usually the bladder becomes infected before the kidneys. Women are more prone to bladder infections than men because women have wider and shorter urethras. The urethra is the tube that connects the bladder to the vagina in women or the penis in men. Anyone experiencing these common bladder infection symptoms should see their doctor as soon as possible. They can often be easily treated with a round of antibiotics. You must take the entire amount of antibiotics given you or the infection will return. The bladder, with its warm and moist environment, makes a great place for invasive bacteria to hide from infrequent or small doses of antibiotics. Common Symptoms The most common cystitis or bladder infection symptoms include:

  • Burning or stinging pain when urinating.

  • Abdominal cramps or spasms when urinating. This is the bladder having a spasm.

  • Tremendous need to urinate, even right after urinating

  • Smelly urine

  • Change of normal urine color

If the patient experiencing bladder infection symptoms is elderly, it is common for them to experience extreme confusion and feelings of exhaustion in addition to the above listed symptoms.

Dangerous Symptoms If a patient experiences these bladder infection symptoms, they need medical attention as soon as possible, because the infection may have entered the patient’s kidneys or are indications of other complications, such as a kidney tumor. These dangerous symptoms include:

  • Fever over 101 degrees F accompanied by chills or uncontrollable sweating

  • Blood in the urine, whether red, brown or pink

  • Severe, constant abdominal cramps

  • Nausea and vomiting

  • Pain in the lower back

  • Urinating watery or colored discharge, which could indicate the presence of a sexually transmitted disease.

To Ease the Pain

There are several things patients can do to ease the pain of bladder infection symptoms while treatment kills the invasive bacteria. Patients should avoid wearing tight clothes such as girdles or designer jeans. They need to stay away from douches, feminine deodorant sprays, scented toilet tissue or harsh soaps. Althugh it will be tempting to take a hot bath, don’t. But taking a lukewarm or cool bath can help temporarily ease the burning and stinging sensations.

Drinking more water can also help lessen the burning sensations. Many people report that drinking 100% cranberry juice helps eases pain and helps the urine return to its normal color.

Returning Infections

It is common for bladder infections to return in women. This happens especially with women who just recently their virginity or who need to use catheters. If a woman knows that she is prone to bladder infections then she can start self-treatments immediately rather than wait for specific instructions from her doctor.

Returning bladder infections are uncommon in men. Men with any recurring urinary tract infection often have another undiagnosed condition that needs immediate attention. The man may be suffering from a kidney stone or another obstruction to the urethra. This can completely block off the flow of urine and make it nearly impossible for a man to urinate. If left untreated, the man can die.

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