When there is something wrong with your vehicle, your “check engine” light comes on. If you have a possible fire in your home, the surrounding smoke sets off your smoke alarm, warning you of the pending emergency. The same is true of your body. When an infection invades your system, your “check engine” light appears in some way. A sore throat may indicate strep throat, while a runny nose is indicative of the common cold. Bladder infection symptoms operate the same way. Although some are more humble than others, it is imperative to pay attention to all of them and seek medical treatment immediately.

Significance of Bladder Infection Symptoms

Bladder infections occur in any part of the urinary tract – the ureters, kidneys, bladder or urethra. The purpose of the urinary tract is to eliminate waste and toxins from the body. Once an infection takes over, this process is interrupted and the waste and toxins remain in the blood. The symptoms tell you, “Hey, there is something wrong down here. Let's get it fixed and get this operation running smoothly again.” The longer an infection sits untreated in the body, the greater the risk it will spread and become worse.

General Symptoms Of A Urinary Infection

There are numerous symptoms a person may experience. In some instances, though, symptoms may not present them at all. The most general symptoms, according to Native Remedies, include fatigue, bladder spasms, delirium, headaches, nausea, a need to urinate frequently, burning when you urinate, blood in the urine, cloudy or dark colored urine, foul smelling urine, pelvic pain for women and rectal pain for men. Cramps, dizziness, pressure in the lower back and pressure in the lower abdomen are additional urinary infection symptoms.

Urinary Infection Symptoms Per Type

Although there are the general symptoms, they can vary depending on the type of infection a person has and what part of the urinary tract is infected.

If the kidneys are where the infection lies, a bladder infection known more specifically as acute pyelonephritis, a person is more likely to experience pain in the upper back or their side, shaking, chills, nausea, vomiting and a high fever.

Should their infection begin, or lie within the bladder itself, an infection known more specifically as cystitis, they are more likely to experience pressure in the pelvis, frequent and painful urination, discomfort in the lower abdomen and blood in the urine.

Finally, an infection in the urethra, known as urethritis, usually only experiences burning with urination.

Urinary Infection Symptoms in Babies

An inexplicable fever is typically the only bladder infection symptom in 5 percent of all babies and toddlers. In fact, The American Academy of Pediatrics state that lack of additional symptoms is why so many bladder infections go undiagnosed in infants. However, parents should be leery when their babies or toddlers cry for no apparent reason, especially during urination. Cloudy or bloody urine is another sign, along with urine that has an odor. Infants who suddenly refuse to eat, begin vomiting or are inefficiently irritable may also have a bladder infection.

Possible Complications

If a person is experiencing symptoms of a bladder infection, and either does not recognize them or chooses to ignore them, more serious health repercussions can result. A kidney infection is one of these complications. An untreated bladder infection can lead to the formation of crystals that form kidney stones. Not only are these extremely painful, but they cause damage to the kidneys. If a person continues suffering from bladder infections, it can cause scarring of the kidneys. Over time, this affects the functioning of these vital organs.

Blood in the urine is an obvious symptom of bladder infections, however, there can be blood in the urine without it being visible to the naked eye. Typically, though, if a person has blood in the urine, they have additional symptoms as well. If ignored, severe bleeding can occur and a transfusion may be necessary.

Making yourself aware of bladder infection symptoms is the most important step in treating a bladder infection. You can not seek treatment unless you believe a problem first exists. You know you must change the oil in your car every 3,000 miles to keep it “healthy.” It is imperative to make yourself as knowledgeable about your body to keep it running as smoothly as it is meant to.