What Are the Signs of a Urine Infection?
by Lisa Michelle
A urine infection, properly called a urinary tract infection (UTI), is an infection that occurs anywhere within the urinary tract. The urinary tract is the system responsible for making, storing and excreting urine from the body.
The urinary tract consists of the kidneys, ureters, bladder and urethra, each serving a specific function. The kidneys collect waste from the blood to make urine. The ureters carry urine from the kidneys to the bladder; the bladder stores urine until it is full; and the urethra is the tube that carries urine from the bladder out of your body when you pass urine.
UTI symptoms include a strong, frequent urge to empty the bladder, with often little or no urine coming out. In most cases, this is accompanied by pain or a burning sensation during urination. A strong, foul odor is also common.
When the symptoms commonly associated with a urinary tract infection specifically affect the urethra, the condition is known as urethritis. When they affect the bladder, the condition is known as cystitis.
Kidney Infection Symptoms
With a kidney infection, also considered a UTI and known as pyelonephritis, these same symptoms may occur. However, in this case more severe symptoms are common, such as a high fever, nausea, vomiting, and chills, along with upper back and side pain.
Any symptoms should immediately be reported to a doctor. Early treatment that is completed as instructed should eliminate the possibility of serious problems.