A frequent urge to urinate and a painful, burning feeling in the area of the bladder or urethra during urination are symptoms of a bladder infection (cystitis). Not everyone experiences bladder infection symptoms, however most will have some sort of symptoms.
In addition, you may feel bad all over or even feel pain when not urinating. Women often feel an uncomfortable pressure above their pubic bone, while some men experience a fullness in the rectum.
It is common that only a small amount of urine is passed despite the pressing urge to urinate. Also, the bit of urine you manage to excrete may look milky or cloudy.
If your symptoms also include pain in the back or side below the ribs, nausea, or vomiting you may have a kidney infection. If you are experiencing any of these aforementioned symptoms seek medical attention right away for appropriate treatment.
Some lifestyle prevention measures to lower your bladder infection odds are:
- drink plenty of fluids
- showers instead of tub baths
- urinate when you feel the urge
- some doctors suggest drinking cranberry juice regularly
- cleanse the genital area before and after sexual intercourse
- avoid using feminine hygiene sprays/scented douche ~ may irritate the urethra
- wipe from front to back to prevent bacteria around the anus from entering the vagina or urethra
Frequent and painful urination from a bladder infection is caused by bacteria. Fluid flushing bacteria is better than antibiotics. Keep a drink handy at all times in an effort to prevent a urination issue followed by an expensive trip to your doctor. Of course you will also need to drink it.