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How do I know if I have a bladder infection?

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By your 10th trip to the bathroom in 2 hours, you might wonder if you have a bladder infection -- and you may be right, especially if it hurts, burns, or stings when you pee.

Bladder infections are the most common type of urinary tract infection (UTI). They’re caused by bacteria and lead to problems like pain in your lower belly and having to pee way more often than usual.

Your doctor can do some simple tests to find out if you have one, and they’re usually easy to treat. If you get bladder infections often, your doctor may want to do more some advanced tests to find the cause.

SOURCES:

National Health Service (U.K.): “Cystitis.”

Victoria State Government (Australia), Better Health Channel: “Cystitis.”

KidsHealth: “Urinary Tract Infections.”

Merck Manual: “Bladder Infection (Cystitis).”

Mayo Clinic: “Cystitis.”

 

Reviewed by Minesh Khatri on February 10, 2019

SOURCES:

National Health Service (U.K.): “Cystitis.”

Victoria State Government (Australia), Better Health Channel: “Cystitis.”

KidsHealth: “Urinary Tract Infections.”

Merck Manual: “Bladder Infection (Cystitis).”

Mayo Clinic: “Cystitis.”

 

Reviewed by Minesh Khatri on February 10, 2019

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