If you’ve suffered from bladder infections in the past, you likely know the symptoms when you spot them. After all, a UTI is an unpleasant experience and not easily forgettable. But if you’re experiencing one for the first time, it may be hard to know what your symptoms mean.
Below are 7 signs that you may be suffering from a bladder infection or a UTI. Of course, any of these may occur on their own, but a UTI is more likely when you experience a combination of any of the below.
7 Signs That You May Be Suffering From A Bladder Infection Or UTI
A painful burning sensation.
A strong burning sensation when you’re urinating is one of the most common signs of having a bladder infection. It happens when bacteria, (most often E. coli) gets into your urethra.
Needing to go. A lot.
Many women with UTIs experience the need to go to the bathroom often – even if they just went. These bathroom trips typically don’t produce much urine.
An overwhelming need to urinate fast.
If you’re rushing to the bathroom often, with the intense need to urinate NOW, it may be a sign of a urinary tract infection. This typically is accompanied by painful urination.
Pain, pressure or tenderness in your abdomen and pubic area is common with a bladder infection. If the pain moves to your lower back, it could be an indication that the infection has spread to your kidneys.
Cloudy, or Bloody Urine.
Cloudy colored urine is common in urinary tract infections, and if you see blood in the urine, it may be a sign of a leakage of red-blood cells from your kidneys. Both are signs of a UTI or bladder infection.
Strong Smelling Urine.
This may be one of the first indications that you’re developing a UTI. You can thank the bacteria that are causing the infection for producing a strong ammonia smell, or a sweet or off-smelling urine.
While less common, and certainly not an indicator on it’s own, if you’ve developed any of the above symptoms, and also have a fever, it’s time to get checked out by a doctor (if you haven’t already). A UTI is considered more serious the farther up the urinary tract is goes, and fever (and sometimes chills, or even nausea or vomiting) can be an indication that it’s reached the kidneys. If this happens, call your doctor right away.
If you’re experiencing any combination of the symptoms above, see a doctor right away. Bladder infections are often treated with antibiotics and the sooner you start them, the sooner you’ll find relief.