(UTI) Urinary Tract Infection. Signs Or Symptoms and Treatment.






Burning with urination and having an urge to urinate in the absence of vaginal discharge and significant pain are the common cause of lower urinary tract infection and also known as a bladder infection. These symptoms may vary from mild to severe, if the women are healthy it will last an average of six days. Some pain above the pubic bone or in the lower back may be present. People experiencing an upper urinary tract infection may feel a flank pain, fever, or nausea and vomiting in addition to the classic symptoms of a lower urinary tract infection. Sometimes or rarely the urine might appear bloody or contain some pus.

Children

The sign of urinary tract infection in young children may only be a fever and because of lack of obvious symptoms.

The female under the age of two or uncircumcised males less than a year exhibit a fever, a common routine is to get use urine culture. (Urine culture is used to diagnose a urinary tract infection (UTI) and to identify the bacteria or yeast causing the infection.) 

On infants they may:
-Fever
-Feed poorly
-Vomit
-Sleep more
-Show signs of jaundice

In older children
New onset urinary incontinence (loss of bladder control) may occur.


Elderly

Urinary tract symptoms are frequently lacking in the elderly. 

The presentations may be:
-Vague with incontinence
-A change in mental status
-Fatigue as the only symptom
-While some present to a health care provider with sepsis
-An infection of the blood, as the first symptoms

Diagnosis can be complicated by the fact that many elderly people have preexisting incontinence or dementia.

It is reasonable to obtain a urine culture in those with signs of systemic infection that may be unable to report urinary symptoms, such as when advanced dementia is present. Systemic signs of infection include a fever or increase in temperature of more than 1.1 °C (2.0 °F) from usual, chills, and an increased white blood cell count.

Treatment

-Drink lots of water, especially during the first 24 hours after your symptoms appear. This will help make the urine less concentrated and wash out the infection-causing bacteria. This may alter some of your body's normal defense mechanisms. But most doctors recommend drinking a lot of fluids when you have a UTI. Some people also drink cranberry juice.


-Urinate frequently and completely, to empty your bladder each time.

But these steps won't cure a UTI, so don't delay getting medical treatment and starting on an antibiotic if you have an infection.
To relieve pain, take a hot bath or lay a heating pad over your genital area. Never go to sleep with a heating pad in place.



Self-treatment of recurrent UTIs


If you are a woman who has frequent uncomplicated UTIs, your doctor may write a standing prescription for antibiotics to take if you notice symptoms of a UTI. If you and your doctor agree to follow this approach and you start to have symptoms that you are certain are caused by a UTI, follow your doctor's instructions for taking the medicine and for watching your symptoms. Be sure to tell your doctor if your symptoms do not improve or if you start having UTIs more often than in the past.



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