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How to Recognize Signs of a Bladder Infection

Stop a bladder or urinary tract infection in its tracks by learning what to look for and how to prevent it from getting worse.


  • 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.
  • TIP: 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.
  • TIP: 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.
  • FACT: Up to 30 percent of women will get a bladder infection in their lifetime.

You Will Need

  • Careful monitoring of symptoms
  • A physician

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