Urinary Tract Infections (bladder infections)

An infection in urinary tract is also known as cystitis, in which usually produces a frequent, urgent need to urinate and a burning or painful sensation while urinating. It is generally caused by bacteria. Ask questions about urinary tract infections here.

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Urinary Tract Infections (bladder infections)

Is a urinary tract infection fatal?

A UTI is not fatal.

Urinary Tract Infections (bladder infections)

What are the symptoms of urinary tract infection?

Urinary tract infection Symtoms include:

dysuria-painful urination

hematuria-blood in urine

Increased frequency or urge to urinate

Flank pain can indicate the infection has gone to the kidneys (pyelo-nephritis)

Foul smelling urine

See your doctor for a urine analysis and a urine culture + sensitivity (UA C+S) if you have any of these symptoms.

When you wipe there may be a tinge of color. But not always. Other symptoms are pain when you pee and having to pee a lot, but only having a tiny bit come out. If you have any of these symptoms, call your doctor. If you can actually see blood in your urine, you need to see a doctor right away, it could be more serious.

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  • If you have a UTI you would know. It feels as if you are pissing bullets. It is so painful that if you think you have one go to the doctor immediately and drink lots of cranberry juice. Note: Cranberry/apple juice from Snapple doesn't taste as bad as some others might.

MORE INPUT: a U.T.I., or Urinary Tract Infection in the elderly can cause symptoms of confusion, lethargy (sleepiness), and even delirium. They may not always have the typical symptoms of a U.T.I. that younger folks have.

A fever (low grade) may or may not be present.

A patient may not always know if they have a U.T.I. as in some people, they are virtually no symptoms. It is important to see a doctor regularly and have routine blood and urine tests done for this reason!

In men, often the only symptom may be a slight burning when they urinate.

Drink plenty of fluids if you have a history of chronic U.T.I.'s (coffee or caffeinated beverages do not count as liquids, as they are actually "diuretics" which cause dehydration rather than treat it!)- water is best, and cranberry juice has been proven to promote urinary health.

See your doctor is you have ANY of the symptoms listed above!!! A U.T.I is fairly common and easy to treat, but if the infection begins to ascend into your kidneys it could be a very serious matter! Also, UTI symptoms DO mimic many other conditions! (such as kidney stones!)

Urinary Tract Infections (bladder infections)

Are UTIs STDs?

UTI is not a STD.
A UTI is not considered a sexually transmitted infection. UTIs are more common, however, in young women who are sexually active. This is thought to be caused by increased irritation of the vaginal and periurethral tissues by the penis during intercourse, causing increased bacterial transmigration up the urethra and into the bladder. This is why it is recommended that women urinate after sexual intercourse.
GENERALLY NO! Most of the bacteria or STDs require a live "Host" or are killed when exposed to ambient air-atmosphere. Remember the RED toilet seats in the Military? Then it was believed that STDs could be transmitted by toilet seats, door knobs or other materials. Dear Abby said it best" STDs are transmitted through SEX! Hence, the name Sexually Transmitted....!
Water infection is not a STD.
No it is not a STD.
No, because they are not transmitted through sex, as in through the fluids...

However, many people contract them after having sex, because they either A) didnt shower before sex and bacteria from the genital region entered the urinary tract, or B) the woman didnt pee after sex; peeing within ten minutes after sex can prevent UTI's by flushing bacteria out.

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A UTI is not sexually transmitted.
Yes it can.

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Can a 4 year old get a urinary tract infection?

Yes, you can get it at any age.

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What are the symptoms of a bladder infection?

you might have a pain tht feels like cannon balls hitting inside of your stomache...its very uncompterble!

The most common symptoms are pain or burning when you go pee. Or a lot of uncomfortable pressure. And the feeling that you have to pee a lot, but can't hold it. And when you do go, there isn't much there. You can even have a reddish tint to your urine. It most likely needs to be treated with antibiotics, so you need to go see a doctor.

I have had several bladder infections. When I get them, I know now within a couple of hours if it is really a bladder infection or not. The most common sign is the need to go pee every few minutes, when you do go pee, there is a lot of pain and cramping in your bladder, and when it comes out, your urethra and 'pee hole opening' burn and sting and stuff. Its the funniest thing - it feels so good and SO AWFUL to pee, all at the same time. May I suggest though, from someone who is practically an expert on the subject, drink LOTS!!! of water as SOON as you feel any kind of discomfort in your bladder or when you go pee. When you get a bladder infection or irritation, you tend to STOP drinking all together because it hurts so much to go pee, but doing that actually only makes the problem worse. If you drink lots of water it cleans out your bladder and washed away the bacteria which makes the pain lessen. As well, for people with reoccurung bladder problems buy cranberry pills. You can purchase them just about anywhere that sells vitamins. Just take one a day... and I tell ya, it keeps the doctor away. If you feel a bladder infection coming on take a couple cranberry extract pills immediately, and then take 1-2 every couple hours after that, and make sure you drink your water! Cranberry pills have a cleansing and almost anti-biotic affect. Ask your pharmasist. Another quick fix is cranberry juice (for those who enjoy the taste). But not cranberry cocktail. Make sure it's the real McCoy by checking the ingredients and making sure it is 100% cranberry juice. One last recommendation is to take a sitz bath. Fill the tub up with water hot enough that you can stand, just enough to cover your privates. Add a good half cup to full cup of regular table salt or epsom salt and sit in it - with your legs spread - for as long as possible or until the water cools down. Not only is this soothing, the salt will also kill some of the bacteria. Tips for avioding a bladder infection or bladder irritation are - make sure you keep yourself clean and bathed. 75% of the time, bladder infections are caused by feces (poop) making ots way into your bladder. Make sure when you wipe after using the toilet, you are careful about doing it by wiping from front to back and by wiping thoroughly (especially if you wear thongs a lot). When you have sex, try to make it a habit to go pee when you are done, that way you flush out any bacteria that may gotten up there from intercourse. If you have to go pee, go. Do't hold it for longer than you have to. If all else fails and it just doesn't go seem to wanna go away, antibiotics are probably needed.

Itchy bladder,hurts to pee. if u think u have a bladder infection see your doctor right away

Urinary Tract Infection Symptoms

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In general, UTI signs and symptoms develop pretty fast and can include:

• A strong, persistent urge to urinate

• A burning sensation when urinating

• Passing frequent, small amounts of urine

• Blood in the urine (hematuria) or cloudy, strong-smelling urine

• Bacteria in the urine (bacteriuria)

Different parts of the urinary tract system can develop specific symptoms if infection appears:

If infection attacks the urethra (urethritis), the most common symptom is burning during

urination. If infection enters to the bladder (cystitis), symptoms include pelvic pressure, lower abdomen discomfort and frequent, painful urination. If infection reach the kidneys (acute pyelonephritis), symptoms include upper back and side (flank) pain, high fever, shaking and chills and nausea.

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What if you have a bladder infection and you are on your period?

You would treat the bladder infection just as you would any other time of your cycle.

If the infection is severe then see your doctor, while menstruating it may be harder to see blood in the urine so don't take any chances and get antibiotics to treat the infection before it gets too bad. It's a good idea to avoid commercial menstrual pads such as Always or Kotex during this time as they make genitals warm and moist so allow bacterial growth that could worsen the infection, opt for organic cotton pads, cloth pads, or options like menstrual cups and softcups so you don't have to use pads at all. Rinse warm salt water over your vulva when you pee to help ease the discomfort and clean your vulva from blood that may make your vulva more favourable to bacteria.

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How do you improve bladder capacity?

You should consult a physican.

Urinary Tract Infections (bladder infections)

Can you transmit urinary tract infection?

Although it is not common, a UTI can be transmitted to your partner. You should wait until your symptoms have cleared up and your are finished with your medication before having sex again.

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Can you use metronidazole 500 mg for unrinary tract infections?

It is not the best antibiotic for uti

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What is a water infection?

A water infection is a UTI (urinary tract infection). An infection in the bladder, much more common in women as the tube into the bladder (urethra) is much shorter than in men

it is often caused when you are not eating or drinking enough. it is where bacteria builds up in your stomache and as you are not eating or drinking enough it doesn't wash out when you go to the toilet.

so all the bacteria causes stomache aches.

The best thing you can do is get pain killers and see a docter.

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Is it true that taking antibiotic can cause bladder infections?

I've been taking antibiotics for my ear infection lately, and I haven't had any problems with my bladder. I suppose it just depends on what type of antibiotic you take, and how sensitive you are to it.

Urinary Tract Infections (bladder infections)

Does Cipro cause fluid retention?

I've been on Cipro for nearly a week as a treatment for a uninary tract infection. I've had bad fluid retention in my feet and ankles. One source says that it can cause this in 1% of the people using it. Lucky me.

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What are the symptoms of a bladder infection How can a bladder infection be cured?

Drinking lots of water, as well as cranberry juice, flush's the bacteria but the main thing that can cure it is antibiotics/medicine so if u think you have an infection i suggest that u speak to a doctor. I have had many and all of these have helped me out. Good luck!

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Does Chronic Inflammatory Demyelinating Polyneuropathy cause organ or bladder problems?

Bladder control can be affected because of having CIDP but it may not necessarily be a symptom of having it. Some patients with polyneuropathy conditions complain of a lack of bladder control.Depending on how severe the condition has become there is a small chance of organ failure.

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Is urinary tract infection contagious?


Urinary Tract Infections (bladder infections)

Is genital herpes a urinary tract infection?

Genital Herpes is an STI (Sexually Transmitted Infection), where as a urinary tract infection is caused by bacteria finding it's way into your urethra, to the bladder.

Urinary Tract Infections (bladder infections)

Will gas put pressure on your bladder and make you urinate frequently?

Yes. After years of personal research, and talking to a doctor. As your intestines fill with gas they expand similiar to a balloon. Often times this expansion can cause pressure around other organs, including your bladder.

Urinary Tract Infections (bladder infections)

What is a urinary tract infection?

A urinary tract infection is a viral or bacterial infection of the parts of the urinary system. The organs affected may include the urethra, bladder, ureters, or kidneys. Symptoms can including burning with urination. It can cause back pain and pelvic pain, and sometimes cause you to bleed.

Urinary Tract Infections (bladder infections)

Can the morning after pill cause urinary tract infection?

No, bacteria causes urinary tract infections. Some sexually transmissible infections cause painful urination, so if you're experiencing that symptom, and have recently had the morning after pill due to unprotected sex, it makes sense to get tested for STIs as well as urinary tract infection. Ask for the tests by name, as not all health care providers will test for gonorrhea, chlamydia, and trichomonas unless you ask.

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How can you get a urinary tract infection?

There are a couple of ways to get one. The major one is from having sex. Bacteria from around the anus can get pushed up into the urinary tract and cause an infection. Always peeing before and especially after sex is very important for every female to do. You should pee before sex because if any urine gets pushed back up into the bladder that can cause an infection as well. Another way is, once again, from the anus. Some obese women can get them because they can't wash that area very well so bacteria from the rectum can come into contact with the urethra. Also, not going pee when you first feel the urge and holding it in can cause one as well. Males can also get them but it is not as common.

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If you have a urinary tract infection can you be sexually active?

Yes You Can. Although it may be Painful When You Go Urinate it will not harm you or your Partner to have sex.

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Is amox-clav appropriate for bladder infections?

Yes. Co amoxiclav is a combination antibiotic containing amoxicillin and clavuronic acid which can help it work better against certain bacteria. Ampicillin, amoxicillin, trimethoprim, cephalexin and ciprofloxacin are all appropriate oral antibiotics for a urinary tract infection.

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What could a strong rotten like vaginal odor that goes away in 2 weeks be?

a yeast infection. or, trichomonosis, which is like a really really really bad yeast infection. i would suggest going to the doctors if it comes back, and NEVER use more monistat then directed, you will get chemical burns inside and out, and it will not be fun.

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Does urine contain germs?

Normal, healthy urine is sterile when it's in the bladder and does not contain germs.

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Can antibiotic for urinary tract infection cause menstrual delay?

No but the infection, like all other stress factors can cause a delay.


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