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How Do I Know if I Have a Bladder Infection?

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Having that familiar heavy sensation in your lower abdomen and burning sensation when you urinate? Oh no, you have another bladder infection. Bladder infections are causes by a bacterial infection that inflames the bladder. They affect more women than men, with most women having suffered at least one infection by adulthood. And even though the odd bladder infection isn’t serious; quick action is needed to treat it immediately before it spreads to the bloodstream or kidneys.

Here are nine common cues that you probably have a bladder infection…

1. Lingering Urge to Urinate

The frequent and sudden uncontrolled urge to urinate, even after you’ve just emptied your bladder, is a very common sign of a bladder infection or a urinary tract infection (or UTI), as some doctors refer to any bacterial infection in the urinary tract, including the kidneys, ureters, urethra, or bladder. With a bladder infection, bacteria enters the body through the urethra and travels into the bladder.

Typically, the body will work to eliminate the bacteria by emitting germs during urination. However, if the bladder is over run with bacteria, and more specifically, if the bacteria attach to the walls of the bladder and begin to multiply, the body will become overwhelmed with too much bacteria to eliminate it effectively. However, with a bladder infection, the body may increase urine to attempt to eliminate excess bacteria.

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