While it is possible to have a
urinary tract infection
(UTI) without any symptoms, most people notice symptoms.
The Female Urinary System
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Symptoms of a urinary tract infection include the following: Increased frequency of urinationFeeling of urgency to urinateBurning or pain while urinatingItching in the genital areaUrinating only small amounts of urine at a timePain over the area of the bladder (the pubic area or lower abdomen) or in the lower backPain along the sides under the ribs (back and flank pain)Blood in the urine, or on the tissue after wiping
following urination in womenCloudy looking urine, possibly with pusUnpleasant smell to urineNew onset of incontinence (inability to hold the urine during the day or night)
The following symptoms suggest that the infection has gone up into the kidneys, a more serious problem: Fever, chillsSevere pain in the lower back
Children (babies in particular) may have less common symptoms of UTI, such as: IrritabilityDifficulty feedingIncontinence
Slow weight gain (failure-to-thrive)
Older people may have more vague symptoms of a UTI, such as fatigue, confusion, loss of appetite, or trouble walking.
Urinary tract infections in adults. American Urological Association Foundation website. Available at:
http://www.urologyhealth.org/urologic-conditions/urinary-tract-infections-in-adults. Accessed September 12, 2016.
Urinary tract infections in adults. National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases website. Available at:
http://www.niddk.nih.gov/health-information/health-topics/urologic-disease/urinary-tract-infections-in-adults/Pages/facts.aspx. Updated May 2012. Accessed September 12, 2016.
Last reviewed September 2016 by Adrienne Carmack, MD
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