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What are the symptoms of bladder infections?

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The most common sign is a burning feeling when you pee.

Other symptoms can include:

In older people, prolonged tiredness or mental confusion might be signs of a more serious urinary tract infection.

In children, you may want to watch for accidental daytime wetting that wasn’t happening before. Other signs include a drop in appetite and vomiting.

  • Need to pee more often
  • Peeing only in small amounts at a time
  • Cloudy or bloody urine
  • Urine that smells worse than it should
  • Pain around your pelvis
  • Fever (a sign that the infection might have spread to your kidneys)

SOURCES:

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

Nemours KidsHealth: “Urinary Tract Infections.”

Mayo Clinic: “Cystitis.”

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

National Institutes of Health.

National Kidney and Urological Diseases Information Clearinghouse.

American Academy of Family Physicians.

Reviewed by Minesh Khatri on February 10, 2019

SOURCES:

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

Nemours KidsHealth: “Urinary Tract Infections.”

Mayo Clinic: “Cystitis.”

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

National Institutes of Health.

National Kidney and Urological Diseases Information Clearinghouse.

American Academy of Family Physicians.

Reviewed by Minesh Khatri on February 10, 2019

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