Bladder infections are common problems, particularly among women. More than half of all women experience at least one bladder infection in their lifetime, and many will have recurrent infections.
Signs of a bladder infection include:
- burning sensation while urinating
- the need to urinate frequently
- fever or chills
- cloudy or bloody urine that has a bad odor
- mental confusion or falling more easily (in elderly patients)
“Most bladder infections are caused by bacteria and are easily treatable with a course of antibiotics,” says James E. Outman III, DO, FACS, urologist at Saint Francis Medical Center. “However, in elderly people, they can sometimes be difficult to diagnose because the symptoms are less specific. If an older person suddenly becomes confused or incontinent, he or she should be tested for a bladder infection.”