Urinary Tract Infection Symptom
Updated September 16, 2004



Urinary Tract Infection Symptom
by Brian Benjamin Carter, MS, LAc

Brian is the founder of the Pulse of Oriental Medicine. He teaches at the Pacific College of Oriental Medicine and maintains a private practice in San Diego, California, and is the author of Powerful Body, Peaceful Mind: How to Heal Yourself with Foods, Herbs, and Acupressure.

Not everyone has a urinary tract infection symptom with their infection, but most people get some.

Urinary tract infection symptom may include a frequent urge to urinate and burning pain during urination.

Malaise is not an unusual urinary tract infection symptom (feeling bad all over, tired, shaky), and neither is bladder or urethra pain even when not urinating.

Often women have the urinary tract infection symptom of uncomfortable pressure above the pubic bone, and some men feel fullness in the rectum.

Another urinary tract infection symptom is the urge to urinate but only being able to pass small amounts of urine. The urine may be milky, cloudy, or reddish, and it may have a foul smell.

Dribbling (loss of urination control) can also be a urinary tract infection symptom.

Fever as a urinary tract infection symptom may mean the infection has reached the kidneys. Other symptoms of a kidney infection include pain in the back or side below the ribs, nausea, or vomiting. This is very serious, because it can cause long-term and life-threatening damage, so see a doctor immediately.

Children have different urinary tract infection symptom, and they may be overlooked or attributed to another disorder.

  • Irritability, or excessive crying that cannot be resolved by typical measures (e.g., feeding, holding), can be a urinary tract infection symptom
  • Not eating normally is another possible urinary tract infection symptom.
  • Unexplained fever that does not go away, or incontinence or loose bowels are other possible urinary tract infection symptom.
  • If your child is not thriving, that can also be a urinary tract infection symptom.
  • The child should be seen by a doctor if there is a change in the child's urinary pattern, or if you have any question about whether they are experiencing a urinary tract infection symptom.

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