Stop a bladder or urinary tract infection in its tracks by learning what to look for and how to prevent it from getting worse.
You Will Need:
Careful monitoring of symptoms
Step 1: Check frequency of urination
Check your frequency of urination. A swollen, infected bladder will make you feel the urge to urinate more often.
Step 2: Pay attention to a burning sensation
Check for a burning sensation when urinating, a common symptom of a bladder infection. Holding urine too long can encourage infection, so go when you have to go.
Step 3: Observe the color and smell of urine
Observe the color and smell of your urine. If your bladder is infected, urine may be dark yellow or greenish, with a foul odor. If you take an over-the-counter drug for bladder infections and painful urination persists, see your doctor immediately.
Step 4: Check for pain in the stomach or pelvic area
Check for throbbing pain in your stomach or pelvic area, as this is indicative of an advanced infection.
Step 5: Watch for blood in the urine
Watch for blood in your urine and contact your physician immediately to prevent further damage to your urinary tract.
Step 6: Contact your physician
Contact your physician for an accurate diagnosis. No two people are alike when it comes to infection symptoms.
Did You Know?
Up to 30 percent of women will get a bladder infection in their lifetime.
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