Urinary Tract Infections in Teens and Adults
Symptoms of a urinary tract infection (UTI) may include:
- Pain or burning when you urinate.
- An urge to urinate frequently but usually passing only small amounts of urine.
- Dribbling (inability to control urine release).
- Pain or a feeling of heaviness in your lower abdomen.
- Reddish or pinkish urine.
- Foul-smelling urine.
- Cloudy urine.
- Reference Pain in the flank Opens New Window, which is felt just below the rib cage and above the waist on one or both sides of the back.
- Lower belly pain.
- Fever and chills.
- Nausea and vomiting.
Some people have bacteria in their urinary tract without having any symptoms. This is called Reference asymptomatic bacteriuria. These types of infections often affect pregnant women, older adults, and people who need a Reference catheter Opens New Window to urinate. Pregnant women are screened for asymptomatic bacteriuria and treated with antibiotics, because it can cause Reference preterm labor Opens New Window and other problems if not treated. Asymptomatic bacteriuria may lead to infections that cause symptoms, but in many cases it does not. It usually goes away without treatment.
Several Reference other conditions, such as vaginal infections or irritable bladder, cause symptoms similar to those of a UTI. Your doctor may evaluate your health for one or more of these if you have urinary symptoms, depending on your medical history and how well you respond to treatment for a UTI.
|By:||Reference Healthwise Staff||Last Revised: Reference May 7, 2012|
|Medical Review:||Reference E. Gregory Thompson, MD - Internal Medicine
Reference Avery L. Seifert, MD - Urology