- 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