How do you identify UTI symptoms, and what do you do once you have a UTI?
Identifying UTI symptoms
Urinary tract infections (UTIs) are caused by bacteria entering the urinary tract. At their best, UTIs are uncomfortable and inconvenient. At their worst, they are painful and can lead to other issues like yeast infections or kidney infections. What symptoms should you look out for?
UTI symptoms can be different person to person, but often times a person with a UTI will experience at least one of the following symptoms:
- A strong, constant or recurring urge to urinate
- A burning sensation when urinating
- Only urinating small amounts when you do urinate
- Cloudy urine instead of transparent
- Blood in the urine, which often looks red, bright pink, or brownish like coca-cola
- Pungent urine
- Pelvic pain, especially in the center of the pelvis and around the area of the pubic bone for women
- Feeling under the weather with possibly having a fever, chills, or body aches
In older people, UTI symptoms might not be as clear. One common side effect for elderly people suffering from a UTI is delirium. Delirium is sudden mental confusion and emotional disruption which makes its sufferers confused and agitated. People suffering from delirium will have difficulty remembering, sleeping, paying attention, and more. Since delirium can indicate a UTI in the elderly, many physicians will check for a UTI whenever delirium occurs in an elderly patient.
What to do if you notice UTI symptoms?
If you identify UTI symptoms and suspect you have an infection, you should consult your physician. If you develop a UTI, you will need to obtain an antibiotic prescription from your physician. Antibiotics are the only treatment for UTIs. Some people seek over the counter products like AZO Urinary Pain Relief® to manage the pain between the time they come down with a UTI and the antibiotics do their job.
If you let a UTI go untreated, it can evolve into a kidney infection, which can be extremely painful. A kidney infection happens when bacteria that caused your UTI moves farther up your urinary system. If the bacteria reaches your upper urinary system, it could lead to a kidney infection.
In most cases, the kidney infections caused by UTIs are cured easily with your doctors help without lasting damage to your kidneys or urinary system. Some people suffer from chronic kidney infections which could be caused by birth defects, structural abnormalities, or other preexisting issues. Chronic kidney infections can be damaging to the kidneys, but more often than not, the conditions that cause chronic kidney infections are caught early on and managed accordingly.