how do you know if you have a UTI?
There are definite signs and symptoms of UTIs. You may not experience all but if you notice any you should talk to your doctor. Many of these symptoms can also be signs of other bladder conditions.
need to urinate frequently
Remember, some of the most telling UTI symptoms are not unique to UTIs so it’s important for your healthcare provider to run a urine culture to confirm a UTI, especially before prescribing an antibiotic for treatment.
pain and burning
Burning during urination is a common symptom of UTIs. Some experience pain in the lower back or abdomen. It’s also not uncommon to feel tired or weak. If the infection has spread to the kidneys, you might experience chills or fever.
cloudy or odd-looking urine
Some people notice that their urine has an off color, sometimes indicating blood. Your urine might also appear cloudy.
foul or strong-smelling odor
If your urine smells unpleasant (some report a “spoiled fruit” odor,) then it might indicate a UTI.