Bladder Infections, sometimes referred to as Urinary Tract Infection (UTI), is an infection in any part of your urinary system — your kidneys, ureters, bladder and urethra. Most infections involve the lower urinary tract — the bladder and the urethra. Bladder infections are caused by germs or bacteria that enter through the urethra and travel into the bladder. Although the urinary system is designed to keep out such microscopic invaders, these defenses sometimes fail. Once bacteria reaches the bladder it can rapidly spread and travel to the kidneys. Symptoms can vary depending upon which aspect of the urinary tract is infected.
A painful, burning or stinging sensation while urinating
Urges to urinate often, but little to no urine comes out
The belly feels tender
Cloudy or bloody urine
- Foul-smelling urine
A pain on one side of your back (where the kidneys are located)
If you are experiencing symptoms, visit the Houma Urgent Care Clinic.
A simple test which analyzes urine is collected from a patient suspected of having a bladder infection or any other form of urinary infection. This test along with signs and symptoms of bladder infection is used to diagnose or rule out a bladder infection or UTI. Coastal Urgent Care will provide a prompt evaluation and treatment plan.
Antibiotics remain the most common and effective treatment for urinary tract infections.