Can You Recognize UTI Symptoms? When Should You See a Doctor?

Are you having problems urinating? Do you feel pain when you pee? Well, that might be caused by a UTI.

The purpose of this article is to help you learn and recognize the UTI symptoms to avoid the risk of aggravating the disease.

UTI Symptoms and Signs In The Lower Urinary Tract

UTIs are frequently associated with one or more of these signs or symptoms that affect the lower urinary tract:

  • Frequent urination is present with the passing of urine in minimal amount. When you wake up in the middle of the night to pee, and it happens much more frequently than usual, it is called nocturia.
  • Urgent need to urinate.
  • Pain while urinating. Others feel a burning sensation. This is called dysuria.
  • Pain and pressure located in the pelvic or lower abdominal area.
  • Cystitis, inflammation and irritation of the bladder and the urethral wall.
  • Inflammation of the urethra (urethritis) with burning sensation when you urinate.
  • Foul smelling urine that looks either bloody or cloudy. This is due to the presence of bacteria in the urine.
  • Mild fever of about 100 F.
  • Chills, body aches, and weakness (malaise).

Symptoms of UTI In The Upper Urinary Tract

The symptoms of UTI in the upper urinary tract may quickly develop. They may include some of the symptoms seen in the infection of the lower urinary tract.

  • High fever of 101-104 F.
  • Nausea and vomiting.
  • Shivering chills.
  • Flank pain. Pain at the side or back of the body. It usually affects one side of the body only. The pain is at waist level and even if it usually a symptom of kidney stones it could also be a UTI symptom.

UTI Symptoms in Vulnerable Subjects

The classic symptoms of UTI that we described above may not occur in subjects such as infants, toddlers, children as well as the elderly people. Meanwhile, here are some symptoms that may suggest a UTI diagnosys in these ages:

  • Newborns: jaundice, hypothermia or fever, and poor feeding.Fever and UTI symptoms
  • Infants: fever, diarrhea, vomiting, failure to thrive, and poor feeding.
  • Children: can’t get rid of fever despite the use of medicines, loose bowel movements, loss of bowel control, irritability, and urination pattern change.
  • Elders: lack of energy, poor appetite, hypothermia or fever, and alteration in mental status.

A category of people at high risk to have UTI is the pregnant women. They typically don’t show any unusual signs and symptoms. Read more about UTI during pregnancy.

The urine of pregnant women should be examined during pre-natal check-ups and other infections can sometimes lead to complications during pregnancy.

Also, most people show the symptoms of UTI that we discussed and some don’t, and sometimes the UTI symptoms resemble those seen in STDs (Sexually Transmitted Disease), so it may be tricky to diagnose a urinary tract infection at first try.

When Is The Perfect Time To Seek Medical Attention?

A person who develops one of the UTI signs and symptoms must be examined by a medical professional. Medical clinics have the ability to test the urine for an infection.

  • Doctors will recommend a visit to the nearest hospital to those with upper UTI symptoms which involves the kidneys. But it depends on the condition.
  • Those who experience lower UTI symptoms should immediately make an appointment. It is preferable to visit the doctor or a clinic within a day once you identify the symptoms.


The risk of having UTI complications is high if you exhibit signs and symptoms of lower UTI, especially if you also experience one of the following conditions:

  • Have diabetes or any illness that can affect your immune system.
  • You are pregnant.
  • You don’t seem to be getting better after taking antibiotics for two days (that’s when you should see noticeable improvements).
  • You are unable to take in fluids orally, and sometimes vomit everything.

Remember, people in the ages at higher risk (newborns, infants, toddlers, children and elders) should seek immediate medical attention as soon as they show the signs of UTI as it could be very dangerous for them.

UTI is a serious disease for subjects at risk of complications especially if bacteria reaches the bloodstream.

There are ways of relieving a UTI with home remedies, but it is always best to leave it with the doctors.

Have you ever had a UTI, or know some who has?


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