These are the UTI symptoms you need to look out for

14 September, Tim Burton

UTIs are one of the most common infections in the human body and, if not treated, can be very serious. Here's some things to look out for. 

Urinary Tract Infections, or UTIs for short, are the second most common infection in the human body. Half of all women will get a UTI in their lifetime and if untreated, the infection can spread to the bladder and the kidneys causing serious complications.

It’s important that you know the symptoms of UTIs so that you can get the right treatment before things get serious.

If you have a UTI you are likely to experience some of the following symptoms:

Frequent trips to the loo

If you’re going to the toilet a lot, it could mean you have a UTI. Although this can often be an indicator of something more serious, it’s most likely to indicate a UTI.

Pain

UTIs often mean pain or a burning sensation while you’re peeing.

Tiredness

It’s common enough for people to feel tired, but a feeling of being tired, unwell, or weak could well mean you have a UTI.

Bathroom frustrations

Not only are you visiting the bathroom more often, but a UTI might mean you are producing a small amount of pee each time.

Cloudy or red

If you have a UTI you might find that your urine is cloudy or even red, if blood is present.

Different symptoms in men and women

Men and women can experience UTIs in different ways, with women feeling an uncomfortable pressure above the pubic bone and men feeling a sensation of fullness in the rectum.

What should you do if you think you have a UTI?

Often a UTI can be flushed out within two to three days with painkillers and by drinking plenty of water. If it doesn’t go away in that time, talk to your GP.

However, you should see your GP if:

  • You are a man
  • You are pregnant
  • You are a child
  • You are elderly
  • You haven’t had a UTI before
  • You have blood in your pee

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