Symptoms of UTI’s

What Are the Symptoms of a UTI?
Urinary Tract Infections (UTIs) can be uncomfortable, with symptoms including a frequent need to urinate, pain or discomfort when urinating, and sudden, intense urges to pee. Treatment of UTI’s if done quickly can help you recovery quicker.
You may feel like you can’t fully empty your bladder, experience lower abdominal pain, or notice that your urine appears cloudy, smells foul, or contains blood. General feelings of malaise, such as feeling unwell, achy, and tired, are also common.

Can You Detect a UTI With a Blood Test?
Typically, UTIs are diagnosed through urine tests rather than blood tests. While blood tests can indicate the presence of an infection somewhere in the body, they are not used to identify a UTI specifically. For a UTI diagnosis, healthcare providers rely on urine samples to detect bacteria and white blood cells associated with the infection.

Common Misdiagnoses and Similar Conditions
Conditions often mistaken for a UTI include:

  • pelvic inflammatory disease
  • interstitial cystitis (painful bladder syndrome)
  • kidney stones
  • food allergies
  • vaginitis
  • vulvar irritation and sexually transmitted infections like chlamydia, gonorrhea, or trichomoniasis.

These conditions can share symptoms with UTIs, such as pelvic pain and frequent urination, leading to confusion.

The Risks of an Untreated UTI
Leaving a UTI untreated can lead to more serious health issues, including kidney infections, which can be severe and potentially life-threatening. If bacteria spreads to the bloodstream it can cause sepsis. It’s crucial to seek treatment promptly to avoid complications.

Early Signs of a UTI
Initially, a UTI may feel like a strong urge to urinate that cannot be delayed. This can be accompanied by a painful or burning sensation when urinating. You might urinate frequently but only pass small amounts of urine. These early signs should prompt you to seek medical advice.

Dealing With UTIs
If you suspect you have a UTI, it’s important to seek professional healthcare advice. The Pharmacy First service at Church Pharmacy Clinic offers a convenient way for you to get tested and treated for UTIs. Before your appointment, you’ll complete a health questionnaire to help determine if the service fits your needs. This initiative aims to provide quick way for those experiencing symptoms of a UTI.

Remember, while UTIs are common, they shouldn’t be ignored. Early detection and treatment are key to avoiding more severe health problems. If you’re concerned about symptoms or have questions about UTIs, don’t hesitate to reach out to and schedule an appointment with Church Pharmacy Clinic for expert advice and support.