Urinary Tract Infection

If you think you may have a urinary tract infection (UTI) read the symptoms below.

A common symptom is a strong urge to urinate that cannot be delayed (urgency). As urine flows, a sharp pain or burning, called dysuria, is felt in the urethra. The urge to urinate then returns minutes later (frequency). Soreness may be felt in the lower abdomen, in the back, or in the sides.

Other signs may show up in the urine. It may

  • have a strong odor
  • look cloudy
  • sometimes be tinged with blood

Blood in the urine may be caused by a UTI, but it also may be caused by other problems. Tell your healthcare provider promptly if you see blood in your urine.

If the bacteria enter the ureters and spread to the kidneys, symptoms also may include

  • back pain
  • chills
  • fever
  • nausea
  • vomiting

If you have any of these symptoms, tell your healthcare provider right away. Kidney infections are serious. They need to be treated promptly.

Symptoms linked with a UTI, such as painful urination, can be caused by other problems (such as an infection of the vagina or vulva). Tests may be needed to confirm the diagnosis. Be sure to let your healthcare provider know if you have any of these symptoms.

This information was provided by the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists. Click HERE for more information on urinary tract infections. 

Sandpoint Women's Health treats urinary tract infections. Call 208-263-2173 to make an appointment with one of our highly skilled providers or click the button below to request an appointment.