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Symptoms of Cystitis or a Bladder Infection

Posted Dec 13 2010 5:30am

< p>There are a number of symptoms related to a  bladder infection , which is also  known as a urinary tract infection. This infection is one of the most common types of bladder problems .

These infections are often called UTIs for short. Doctors and other medical professionals often refer to these infections as “cystitis.”

Cystitis symptoms are often easy to identify, even if you’re not a doctor. However, symptoms of an infection in the bladder are similar to kidney infection symptoms, which can be much more serious because a chronic kidney infection can eventually lead to a major  kidney problem , including kidney failure. 

See below for information on the differences between the two kinds of infections.

Bladder Infection Symptoms

Here are the most typical symptoms of a UTI.

The first sign is an increasing urgency to urinate.

Typically, a person urinates around 6 times a day. But when you have cystitis you’ll feel that you must urinate a lot more often than usual, even though little or no urine actually comes out. After you’ve emptied your bladder, you’ll soon feel the need to do it again, and once again, very little urine will be produced.

You may feel a sharp stinging or burning sensation when the urine is released. Doctors call this condition is dysuria.

It’s not unusual for there to be some blood in the urine, and the smell may be particularly unpleasant.

Bladder spasms are also a possibility. A bladder spasm is similar to a muscle spasm. It’s a sudden and involuntary squeezing sensation that occurs when the bladder contracts without warning. When this takes place, you feel an urgent need to release urine.

Most people run a mild fever when they have a urinary tract infection, but this isn’t true in every case..

Some discomfort may occur in the lower abdomen, back, or sides.

If you have any symptoms of a UTI, you need to go to a health care professional as soon as you can. The faster you start treatment, the more discomfort you’ll save yourself.Your symptoms probably won’t pass if you simply ignore them: they’ll just get worse.

Symptoms can go on for a long time if you wait for them to subside on their own. Cystitis can usually be treated quickly and effectively with antibiotics.


Kidney Infections Vs. Bladder Infections

Kidney infections are especially dangerous because they can destroy your kidneys permanently. An acute kidney infection starts with the severe symptoms such as chills, fever, nausea, and vomiting. But it doesn’t last long or has been cured by treatment.

However, a chronic kidney infection takes a while to develop, and grows worse. Chronic kidney infections can cause kidney failure, which can ultimately result in kidney dialysis or a kidney transplant. 

As with a UTI, symptoms include urine that is cloudy, dark, or even bloody; pain in the abdominal area; a burning or stinging sensation when you have to urinate; and the feeling that you need to urinate often.

Most people with kidney infections also experience back pain slightly above the waist. 

A correct diagnosis of a kidney infection is critical because these signs and symptoms can also resemble symptoms caused by other diseases. Only physician can tell the difference between urinary tract infection and a kidney infection and make a correct diagnosis.

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