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Symptoms of Urinary tract infections

Symptoms of Urinary tract infections: Introduction

The symptoms of urinary tract infections result from the presence and growth of bacteria or other microorganisms in the urinary tract. The urinary tract is normally a sterile environment, and an infection of microorganisms results in symptoms that vary depending on the specific type of urinary tract infection.

Symptoms of a bladder infection include feeling the need to urine in a hurry (urgency) and frequent urination (frequency). Other symptoms include difficulty urinating and burning or pain with urination (dysuria), cloudy foul-smelling urine, and bloody urine (hematuria). Lower abdominal pain or cramping and fever may also occur.

Symptoms of pyelonephritis include severe, sudden flank pain, high fever, chills, dysuria, hematuria, nausea and vomiting.

Symptoms of bacterial prostatitis include penis pain, Scrotum pain, burning or pain with urination (dysuria), cloudy foul-smelling urine, lower back pain and fever.

Urinary tract infections can lead to potentially serious, even life-threatening complications, in some people, especially if left untreated. These include kidney failure, and sepsis. Symptoms of these conditions may include change in consciousness, nausea, vomiting, hypotension, and shock. People at risk for these complications include the elderly, people with a history of kidney stones, kidney disease, or chronic conditions that affect the immune system, such as HIV/AIDS and diabetes. People who have an indwelling catheter in their bladder are also at risk.

Other complications of urinary tract infections may include problems with a pregnancy, such premature birth and having a low birth weight baby.

Symptoms may vary in character and intensity between individuals. Elderly people with a urinary tract infections or one of its complications may not experience or report urinary symptoms or have a fever. Instead, they may appear confused, disorientated, fatigued, and be more likely to fall....more about Urinary tract infections »

Symptoms of Urinary tract infections

The list of signs and symptoms mentioned in various sources for Urinary tract infections includes the 40 symptoms listed below:

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Urinary Tract Infections: DBMD (Excerpt)

Ranges from painful urination in uncomplicated urethritis or cystitis to severe systemic illness associated with abdominal or back pain, fever, sepsis and decreased kidney function in some cases of pyelonephritis. (Source: excerpt from Urinary Tract Infections: DBMD)

Urinary Tract Infections in Adults: NIDDK (Excerpt)

Not everyone with a UTI has symptoms, but most people get at least some. These may include a frequent urge to urinate and a painful, burning feeling in the area of the bladder or urethra during urination. It is not unusual to feel bad all over—tired, shaky, washed out—and to feel pain even when not urinating. Often, women feel an uncomfortable pressure above the pubic bone, and some men experience a fullness in the rectum. It is common for a person with a urinary infection to complain that, despite the urge to urinate, only a small amount of urine is passed. The urine itself may look milky or cloudy, even reddish if blood is present. A fever may mean that the infection has reached the kidneys. Other symptoms of a kidney infection include pain in the back or side below the ribs, nausea, or vomiting.

In children, symptoms of a urinary infection may be overlooked or attributed to another disorder. A UTI should be considered when a child or infant seems irritable, is not eating normally, has an unexplained fever that does not go away, has incontinence or loose bowels, or is not thriving. The child should be seen by a doctor if there are any questions about these symptoms, especially if there is a change in the child's urinary pattern. (Source: excerpt from Urinary Tract Infections in Adults: NIDDK)

Urinary Tract Infections: NWHIC (Excerpt)

Not everyone with a UTI has symptoms, but most people do. Symptoms may include a frequent urge to urinate and a painful, burning feeling in the area of the bladder or urethra during urination. It is not unusual to feel bad, tired, shaky, washed-out, and to feel pain even when not urinating. Often, women feel an uncomfortable pressure above the pubic bone, and some men experience a fullness in the rectum. It is common for a person with a UTI to complain that, despite the urge to urinate, only a small amount of urine is passed. The urine itself may look milky or cloudy, even reddish if blood is present. A fever may mean that the infection has reached the kidneys. Other symptoms of a kidney infection include pain in the back or side below the ribs, nausea, or vomiting. (Source: excerpt from Urinary Tract Infections: NWHIC)

Urinary tract infections as a Cause of Symptoms or Medical Conditions

When considering symptoms of Urinary tract infections, it is also important to consider Urinary tract infections as a possible cause of other medical conditions. The Disease Database lists the following medical conditions that Urinary tract infections may cause:

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