Urinary Tract Infection Symptoms

Get the details on urinary tract infection symptoms.

Urinary Tract Infection Symptoms

A urinary tract infection, known as a UTI, is a bacterial infection affecting any area of the urinary tract. Despite the fact that urine contains different fluids, salts and waste products, it does not commonly have bacteria in it. If bacteria reaches the bladder or kidney and increases in the urine, it can cause a UTI, of which the most typical is cystitis, a bladder infection. Pyelonephritis, a type of kidney infection, is normally much more serious than cystitis.

Urinary tract infection symptoms may vary from case to case. Different symptoms may also be present depending upon whether the situation is a bladder infection or a kidney infection.

Bladder infections:
Blood in the urine (hematuria)
Cloudy urine
Confusion (elderly UTI patients)
Discomfort or pain in the urethra, possibly during urination (urethritis)
Foul-smelling urine
Frequent urination
Mild fever (pyrexia)
Pain in the midline suprapubic area
Protein in the urine
Pus in the urine (pyuria)
Urinating at night (nocturia)
Some bladder infections may be without symptoms (asymptomatic).

Kidney infections
Abdominal pain or pressure.
Back, groin or side/flank pain.
Chills and high fever spikes
Extreme fatigue
Night sweats
Vomiting (emesis)
Additionally, all bladder infection symptoms are possible.

Naturally, urinary tract infection symptoms may also be present in other conditions. The presence of these symptoms does not necessarily imply that a urinary tract infection is the cause. On the other hand, since urinary tract infections can be without symptoms, the lack of any associated symptoms does not mean that a patient does not have a UTI. You may read more on the diagnosis page.