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What symptoms of urinary tract infection (UTI) can look like Alzheimer's?

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When bacteria enters your urethra (the tube urine flows through when you pee), it sometimes can cause a urinary tract infection (UTI) that can spread to your bladder or kidneys.

In some people, especially those of advanced age, UTIs can cause a sudden onset of symptoms that look like Alzheimer's. You may get confused, upset, sleepy, or have trouble paying attention. Some people hallucinate -- believe they see or hear something no one else can.

If your urine is tested and shows that you have an infection, you'll probably be given antibiotics to clear it up.

SOURCES:

Alzheimer's Association: "Delirium or Dementia -- Do You Know the Difference?"

Alzheimer's Society: "Urinary Tract Infections (UTIs) and Dementia."

Bright Focus Foundation: "'Is It Something I'm Taking?' Medications That Can Mimic Dementia."

CDC: "Lyme Disease," "Signs and Symptoms of Untreated Lyme Disease."

Columbia University Medical Center Lyme and Tick-Borne Diseases Research Center: "Symptoms and Signs."

Harvard Medical School Health Publications: "Vitamin B12 Deficiency Can Be Sneaky, Harmful."

Harvard T. H. Chan School of Public Health: "Vitamin B12 Deficiency: Causes and Symptoms."

Hormone Health Network: "What Does the Thyroid Gland Do?"

LymeDisease.org: "Lyme Disease Treatment."

Mayo Clinic: "Alzheimer's or depression: Could it be both?" "Hypoglycemia."

National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases: "Hypoglycemia."

NHS Choices: "Underactive Thyroid (hypothyroidism) Treatment," "Overactive Thyroid Treatment."

Social Care Institute for Excellence: "Dementia-like Symptoms: What Else Could It Be?"

Thyroid Foundation of Canada: "The Thyroid and the Mind and Emotions/Thyroid Dysfunctions and Mental Disorders."

University of California San Francisco: "Frontotemporal Dementia: Differential Diagnosis."

Vestibular Disorders Association: "The Psychology of Vestibular Disorders."

Reviewed by Neil Lava on August 04, 2018

SOURCES:

Alzheimer's Association: "Delirium or Dementia -- Do You Know the Difference?"

Alzheimer's Society: "Urinary Tract Infections (UTIs) and Dementia."

Bright Focus Foundation: "'Is It Something I'm Taking?' Medications That Can Mimic Dementia."

CDC: "Lyme Disease," "Signs and Symptoms of Untreated Lyme Disease."

Columbia University Medical Center Lyme and Tick-Borne Diseases Research Center: "Symptoms and Signs."

Harvard Medical School Health Publications: "Vitamin B12 Deficiency Can Be Sneaky, Harmful."

Harvard T. H. Chan School of Public Health: "Vitamin B12 Deficiency: Causes and Symptoms."

Hormone Health Network: "What Does the Thyroid Gland Do?"

LymeDisease.org: "Lyme Disease Treatment."

Mayo Clinic: "Alzheimer's or depression: Could it be both?" "Hypoglycemia."

National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases: "Hypoglycemia."

NHS Choices: "Underactive Thyroid (hypothyroidism) Treatment," "Overactive Thyroid Treatment."

Social Care Institute for Excellence: "Dementia-like Symptoms: What Else Could It Be?"

Thyroid Foundation of Canada: "The Thyroid and the Mind and Emotions/Thyroid Dysfunctions and Mental Disorders."

University of California San Francisco: "Frontotemporal Dementia: Differential Diagnosis."

Vestibular Disorders Association: "The Psychology of Vestibular Disorders."

Reviewed by Neil Lava on August 04, 2018

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