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Bladder Infection (cont.)

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What are the signs and symptoms of a bladder infection in women?

Because cystitis is seen more commonly in women, most signs and symptoms listed below pertain to cystitis in women unless otherwise indicated.

General symptoms of bladder infection may include the following:

  • Dysuria (painful urination)
  • Urinary frequency
  • Urinary urgency (sudden, compelling urge to urinate)
  • Hesitancy to void urine
  • Bladder pain (pain in the lower abdomen around the pubic bone and pelvic area)
  • Incomplete voiding of urine (leaving urine in the bladder after urinating)
  • Urinary incontinence (involuntary loss of urine), which may be associated with urgency

Fevers, chills, nausea, vomiting, and poor oral intake are rarely seen in bladder infection, although they are more common upper urinary tract infections, such as pyelonephritis (kidney infection).

Some common signs of bladder infection are

  • lower abdominal tenderness;
  • blood in urine (hematuria);
  • less commonly, tenderness on the sides of the back (flanks);
  • foul-smelling urine; and
  • in elderly patients, lethargy or confusion may be the only signs.
Medically Reviewed by a Doctor on 9/25/2017

Source: MedicineNet.com
https://www.medicinenet.com/bladder_infection/article.htm

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