The initial step towards obtaining the treatment for urinary tract infection (UTI) is to first find out whether you have the infection. UTI occurs either in the lower or upper tract and each of these areas apparently have different kinds of symptoms.
You need to pay close attention to your body in order to determine the symptoms. Your doctor can easily diagnose the problem with the help of this information.
Symptoms Of Lower Urinary Tract Infection
The symptoms of infection in the lower tract are usually felt in your urethra and bladder and involve signs such as:
Lower abdomen pain or discomfort (you will have the feeling of bloated abdomen). The urine is cloudy, foul smelling and sometimes consists of blood. This is a symptom of pyuria (white blood cell count is high in the urine), which is a definite indicator of UTI. You will have the urge to urinate frequently and sometimes, you will not be able to urinate though you want to.
There is also burning sensation and pain while urinating. If the symptom is only limited to this, then perhaps the infection is in the urethra (Urethitis) One can also experience pain in the back or pelvic area and occasionally, there is a fever too.
Symptoms Associated With Upper Urinary Tract Infection
The symptoms that are seen in the upper tract infection are similar to those in lower tract infection. However, there are also other symptoms like nausea, vomiting, pain in the lower waist and fever.
Symptoms Of Acute Infection In The Kidney
This kind of infection is also known as pyelonephritis and the symptoms associated with this are likely to affect the entire body and is usually more severe than the cystitis (inflammation of ureter and bladder).
The symptoms usually persist for more than a week in lower UTIs and sometimes, this might be the only indication of kidney infection. Diabetic patients, patients with a history of relapse or recurring urinary tract infection and those with impaired immune systems are under high risk of developing the upper UTI.
The other symptoms include persistent fever and chills (fever lasts for more than two days), increased urge to urinate, especially in the night and also nausea and vomiting.
Symptoms Of Urinary Tract Infection In Toddlers And Infants
The infection that occurs in preschool children and infants are usually more serious than those occurring in young women. This is partly because kidneys are involved. (Lower tract infections are usually seen in older children and symptoms are typical). It is advisable to check for UTIs if children have developed the following symptoms:
Frequent, painful and foul smelling urine (medical tests are required to identify UTI, as parents are normally unable to spot the symptoms only by the odor of the urine). A persistent fever along with the signs of debility, fatigue and feeding problems, cloudy urine (in case the urine is clear, then the infant must be suffering from some other illness. However, it doesn’t mean the toddler is UTI free), abdominal pain accompanied by vomiting (this symptom is usually noticed in infants).
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