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Urinary Tract Infection

Urinary tract infections (UTI) are common infections that can affect your kidneys, bladder and the tubes that are connected to them. They can be painful and uncomfortable but usually pass within a few days when treated.

Anyone can get a UTI, but they're particularly common in women. Some women experience them regularly (called recurrent UTIs).

    • Needing to wee more often than usual or suddenly

    • Pain or a burning sensation when weeing

    • Urine that smells different

    • Urine that looks cloudy or contains blood

    • Pain in your lower tummy

    • Feeling tired and unwell

    • Changes in behaviour such as severe confusion or agitation (in older people)

    • General irritability

    • A high temperature of 37.5C or above

    • Bedwetting

    • Holding in wee because it stings

  • It’s easy to treat a UTI with a course of antibiotics. Once treatment has started, you should see an improvement within 2-5 days.

    There can be serious consequences if UTIs are left untreated.

Further resources

Learn more about UTIs on the NHS websites - for adults click here and in children click here.