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When should you call your doctor about bladder infections?

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See the doctor right away if it hurts to pee and you also have any of these signs:

It could be kidney disease, prostate infection, a bladder or kidney tumor, or a urinary tract stone.

Call the doctor if:

  • Vomiting
  • Fever
  • Chills
  • Bloody urine
  • Belly or back pain
  • Symptoms return after treatment.
  • You also have discharge from your vagina or penis. This could be a sexually transmitted disease (STD), pelvic inflammatory disease (PID), or other infection.
  • You have ongoing pain or a hard time peeing. This may also be a sign of an STD, a vaginal infection, a kidney stone, enlarged prostate, or a bladder or prostate tumor. Or the infection might be resistant to the antibiotic.

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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