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What Are the Signs of a Urine Infection?

by Lisa Michelle
  • Overview

    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.
  • Urinary Tract

    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.
  • Symptoms

    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.
  • Similarities

    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.
  • Warning

    Any symptoms should immediately be reported to a doctor. Early treatment that is completed as instructed should eliminate the possibility of serious problems.

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