Bladder infections are bacterial infections affecting the urinary tract, especially the urinary bladder. They are also called urinary tract infections, but that is a broader term that can also refer to kidney infections. A bladder infection is caused by bacteria traveling up the urethra into the bladder and multiplying.
The symptoms of a bladder infection tend to include:
- Urine with a foul odor
- Pain in the lower back or abdomen
- Stinging during urination
- More frequent urination
- Heightened urgency to urinate
- Cloudy appearance to urine
A major consideration in treating or preventing bladder infections is not leaving time and space for bacteria to multiply. If one drinks a lot of water and urinates frequently, the urine will not have a chance to become a breeding ground for bacteria. Cranberry juice has some helpful qualities in fighting urinary tract infections, as well.
But to really recover, the sufferer will need to visit a health provider. The office will likely perform a urinalysis to confirm the infection is present, and then antibiotics are often prescribed. Within a couple days, the infection usually clears. It can recur if one does not practice proper hygiene and stay hydrated. Visit Urgent Specialists in Tucson, Arizona if you are suffering from a urinary tract infection, and we can diagnose and treat it immediately.