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 me tell you, it is! Anyone who’s suffered from a bladder infection can attest to that. Bladder infections are caused 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 their urethra. In fact, most women will have suffered at least one bladder infection by adulthood. Even though a bladder infection usually 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. Frequent 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 (UTI). UTI refers to any bacterial infection in the urinary tract, including the kidneys, ureters (the tubes connecting the kidneys to the bladder), urethra (the tube from the bladder to the outside world), 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 expelling the bacteria during urination. However, if the bladder is overrun with bacteria, and more specifically, if the bacteria attach to the walls of the bladder and begin to multiply, the body will become overwhelmed and won’t be able to eliminate the bacteria effectively. However, with a bladder infection, the body may respond by increasing urination in an attempt to eliminate excess bacteria.

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Katherine George

Katherine George

Katherine is the Senior Managing Editor of ActiveBeat and Childhood. She is constantly striving to live a more active and healthy life, from eating healthy, exercising, and just spending more time outdoors. She enjoys cooking (with wine), walking her dog, reading, and recently joined a yoga studio!