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Urinary Tract Infection Symptoms & Diagnosis


If you have any of these symptoms do not assume it is due to a UTI. These symptoms may be caused by other conditions. Tell your doctor if you have any of these:

  • Frequent and urgent need to urinate
  • Passing small amounts of urine
  • Pain in the abdomen or pelvic area
  • Burning sensation during urination
  • Cloudy, bad-smelling urine
  • Increased need to get up at night to urinate
  • Blood in the urine
  • Leaking urine
  • Low back pain or pain along the side of the ribs
  • Fever and chills
  • Nausea and poor appetite

Bloody urine, low back pain, high fever, and chills are all signs of a kidney infection . Call your doctor right away if you have these symptoms.


The doctor will ask about your symptoms and medical history, and perform a physical exam. A sample of your urine will also be tested for blood, pus, and bacteria .

Children and men who have UTIs may need more testing. There may be structural abnormalities of the urinary system that make them likely to have an infection.

Please be aware that this information is provided to supplement the care provided by your physician. It is neither intended nor implied to be a substitute for professional medical advice. CALL YOUR HEALTHCARE PROVIDER IMMEDIATELY IF YOU THINK YOU MAY HAVE A MEDICAL EMERGENCY. Always seek the advice of your physician or other qualified health provider prior to starting any new treatment or with any questions you may have regarding a medical condition. Copyright © 2023 EBSCO Publishing All rights reserved.

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