Symptoms of a
urinary tract infection (UTI) may include:
- Pain or burning when you
- An urge to urinate frequently but usually passing only
small amounts of urine.
- Dribbling (inability to control urine release).
or a feeling of heaviness in your lower abdomen.
- Reddish or pinkish
- Foul-smelling urine.
- Cloudy urine.
- Pain in your back just below the rib cage, on one side of your
body (flank pain).
- Fever and
Nausea and vomiting.
Some people have bacteria in their urinary tract without
having any symptoms. This is called
asymptomatic bacteriuria. These types of infections
often affect pregnant women, older adults, and people who need a
catheter to urinate. Pregnant women are screened for
asymptomatic bacteriuria and treated with antibiotics, because it can cause
preterm labor and other problems if not treated.
Asymptomatic bacteriuria may lead to infections that cause symptoms, but in
many cases it does not. It usually goes away without treatment.
other conditions, such as vaginal infections or irritable bladder, cause
symptoms similar to those of a UTI. Your doctor may evaluate your health for
one or more of these if you have urinary symptoms, depending on your medical
history and how well you respond to treatment for a UTI.