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Is a bladder infection serious?

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They're usually more annoying than serious. But if they travel up to your kidneys, they can cause more severe problems.

So it’s important to treat bladder infections right away. Doctors usually use antibiotics to kill the bacteria causing the infection.

Women, especially, should watch for symptoms. They're more likely to get bladder infections than men are.

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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