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Symptoms of Urinary Tract Infection (UTI)
While it is possible to have a urinary tract infection (UTI) without any symptoms, most people notice symptoms.
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Symptoms of a urinary tract infection include the following:
- Increased frequency of urination
- Feeling of urgency to urinate
- Burning or pain while urinating
- Itching in the genital area
- Urinating only small amounts of urine at a time
- Pain over the area of the bladder (the pubic area or lower abdomen) or in the lower back
- Pain along the sides under the ribs (back and flank pain)
- Blood in the urine, or on the tissue after wiping following urination in women
- Cloudy looking urine, possibly with pus
- Unpleasant smell to urine
- New onset of incontinence (inability to hold the urine during the day or night)
The following symptoms suggest that the infection has gone up into the kidneys, a more serious problem:
- Fever, chills
- Severe pain in the lower back
Children (babies in particular) may have less common symptoms of UTI, such as:
- Difficulty feeding
- Loose stools, diarrhea
- Nausea, vomiting
- Slow weight gain (failure-to-thrive)
Older people may have more vague symptoms of a UTI, such as fatigue, confusion, loss of appetite, or trouble walking.
Uncomplicated urinary tract infection (UTI) (pyelonephritis and cystitis). EBSCO DynaMed Plus website. Available at: http://www.dynamed.com/topics/dmp~AN~T116894/Uncomplicated-urinary-tract-infection-UTI-pyelonephritis-and-cystitis. Updated July 8, 2016. Accessed October 6, 2016.
Urinary tract infections in adults. American Urological Association Foundation website. Available at: http://www.urologyhealth.org/urologic-conditions/urinary-tract-infections-in-adults. Accessed September 12, 2016.
Urinary tract infections in adults. National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases website. Available at: http://www.niddk.nih.gov/health-information/health-topics/urologic-disease/urinary-tract-infections-in-adults/Pages/facts.aspx. Updated May 2012. Accessed September 12, 2016.
- Reviewer: Adrienne Carmack, MD
- Review Date: 09/2016
- Update Date: 09/17/2014