To describe the urinary tract infection in one word, we would say: Pain.
The UTI is caused by E. coli, which is a bacteria that lives around the anus and inside the colon. Females are more likely to get this illness due to their short urethra. It is closer to the anus than it is to males.
Also, improper hygiene and intercourse could lead the bacteria to enter the urinary tract, and then multiply in the bladder, which is its favorite target. If UTI left untreated, this bacteria can travel to your kidneys from your urethra and cause extreme discomfort.
For obvious reasons, it is important to know about all the warning signs that we might be developing the urinary tract infection in order to avoid it completely and treat before it starts spreading. But first, don’t forget to consult a doctor.
#1 – Painful urination (Dysuria)
While urinating, you may experience a sharp, uncomfortable, and stinging pain, which could mean you have Dysuria. The latter is currently present in 3% of adults who are over 40 years old, especially women. This is a sign that you could be suffering from a UTI like Urethritis (infection of the urethra) or cystitis.
#2 – Frequent urination
When you need to go to the restroom, you just need to. But if you find yourself visiting the toilet over eight times or you always wake up in the middle of the night to pee, then you have to see a doctor for it.
The frequent urination is a sign of interstitial cystitis, a UTI that causes pain in the pelvic region and the bladder muscle layers inflammation. This condition will keep giving you a feeling that you need to urinate, even if you produce only a very small amount of it.
#3 – Urinary urgency
It is when you feel a very overwhelming and strong need to pee right away. If you went on with it hand in hand, you will basically find yourself in a constant need to urge into the bathroom so very suddenly. It may be accompanied by discomfort and pain the bladder or the urinary tract.
#4 – Lower back pain and lower abdominal tenderness
If your abdominal region feels a little sensitive than usual, then chances are you might be having cystitis. There will be a certain pressure in your pubic bone, which can cause some serious pain and discomfort, especially if it hurts when you urinate.
Moreover, if you are suffering from lower back pain, then you had a bladder infection for a while now and it remained untreated (it spread from your bladder to the kidneys).
In this case, you might be suffering from a kidney infection, which is more serious than cystitis. It might be followed with high fever, shaking, vomiting, and nausea.
#5 – Bloody urine
It could be light pink, cola-colored clots, or dark red. In all cases, you might be suffering from haematuria. The blood got to your urine due to the leakage of red blood cells to your urinary tract from your kidneys or some other parts.
However, pyelonephritis and UTIs are basically culprits hidden behind the leaks. If you have UTI, then the blood cells wouldn’t be visible to the naked eye, only through a microscope.
#6 – Strong odor urine
Yes, it is not very pleasant to even imagine it, but when there is an infection, your pee may adopt a new, strong, and bad smell. Basically, it is your body’s way to let you know that something is wrong and you may be having UTI.
#7 – Cloudy urine
Normally, the urine is supposed to be clear with light-yellow color, but when there is an infection anywhere in your urinary tract, it can cause pus to appear in the pee (containing bacteria, dead skin cells, and white blood cells) giving it somehow a murky or cloudy appearance.
Just make sure to consult your doctor if you noticed any of these signs happening, and never ignore any sudden sharp pain you feel around your bladder or pubic bone.
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