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Check Your Symptoms

    Call a doctor if:

    • You suddenly lose bladder control.
    • You have to urinate frequently but cannot pass much urine.
    • Your bladder does not feel empty after you urinate.
    • You have trouble urinating even when your bladder feels full.
    • Your urine has blood in it.
    • Your urine smells strange.
    • You want help with your bladder control problem.
    • It burns or hurts when you urinate.
    • Painful urination occurs with:
      • Fever or chills.
      • Not being able to urinate when you feel the urge.
      • Pain in the back, side, groin, or genital area.
      • Blood or pus in the urine.
      • Unusual discharge from the vagina or penis.
      • Nausea and vomiting.
    • Urinary symptoms do not improve after 1 or 2 days, or they get worse even with home treatment. Untreated urinary tract infections (UTIs) can spread, which may lead to kidney infections and other serious problems.
    • You are pregnant or have diabetes, and you have symptoms of a UTI.
    • You are a man, and you have symptoms of a UTI.
    • You think that your child may have a UTI.

      This information is produced and provided by the National Cancer Institute (NCI). The information in this topic may have changed since it was written. For the most current information, contact the National Cancer Institute via the Internet web site at http:// cancer .gov or call 1-800-4-CANCER.

      WebMD Medical Reference from Healthwise

      Last Updated: November 14, 2014
      This information is not intended to replace the advice of a doctor. Healthwise disclaims any liability for the decisions you make based on this information.

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