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When should I call my doctor about a urinary tract infection?

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When:

  • You have any pain, burning, or other problems when you pee.
  • You notice blood in your urine.
  • You start to pee often and in small amounts.
  • You have to pee very badly.
  • You have pain in your back, or the area over your bladder.
  • You notice your urine is cloudy or dark, or smells bad.
  • You get a fever or chills.

SOURCES:

National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases.

American Academy of Family Physicians.

The Urology Institute.

WomensHealth.gov: “Urinary Tract Infection Fact Sheet.”

Reviewed by Nazia Q Bandukwala on June 2, 2020

SOURCES:

National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases.

American Academy of Family Physicians.

The Urology Institute.

WomensHealth.gov: “Urinary Tract Infection Fact Sheet.”

Reviewed by Nazia Q Bandukwala on June 2, 2020

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