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How Do I Know If I Have a Bladder Infection?

Ever had that uncomfortable feeling of having to go to the bathroom even after you’ve already gone? Or how about a burning sensation during urination? It all sounds really unpleasant and let us tell you, it is! Anyone who’s suffered from a bladder infection can attest to that. Bladder infections are causes by a bacterial infection that inflames the bladder. Unfortunately for women, they’re more prone to getting them because of the length and location of the urethra. In fact, most women will have suffered at least one bladder 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 14 common symptoms that could indicate you’re suffering from 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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