Not all people with a urinary tract infection (UTI) will have symptoms, however, when they do they may experience a painful, burning sensation when passing urine, which is the main symptom of UTI. Other symptoms may include:
- A frequent or constant urge to urinate.
- Cloudy or smelly urine.
- Pain in the abdomen or pelvic area.
The symptoms may vary depending on the age and what part of the urinary tract has been infected. Generally, children are less likely to have symptoms than adults and the symptoms are more severe on upper UTIs. When the kidneys (upper UTIs) are affected, other symptoms experienced may include:
- Fever and chills
- Nausea and vomiting
- Back pain (may only be one side)
- Blood-stained urine.
If you experience any of the signs or symptoms of a urinary tract infection, especially if you have upper UTIs related-symptoms, see your doctor as soon as possible, as the type of UTI can be serious if left untreated.