Infections of the bladder, urinary tract and kidneys occur in the majority of the population at least once or twice during their lifetime, likely more; it’s a condition that doesn’t discriminate between men and women and will occur in both – with a few different causes that can include lifestyle factors, potential allergies, potential direct infection exposure, or transferred through sex or the sharing of underwear.
Even though some people might consider most infectious conditions that affect the urine “embarrassing”, there’s no need to: These conditions are common and take only one course of simple antibiotics in order to treat – and it if happens again, most causative factors (like an allergy to washing powder, underwear materials or condoms) are easy to find and eliminate.
See your doctor for antibiotics if you suspect that you might have contracted any type of urinary infection.
Here are 14 common signs of urinary infections that you should know about.
1. Changes in the Color of Urine
One of the first tip-off signs that someone has a urinary infection is often a change in the color of their urine: In the majority of cases, the urine will automatically go darker in the presence of any type of infection, but it might also turn into another color such as orange, green or purple – and there can be aggravating factors such as medication that can cause this symptom to appear.
Any changes in the color of your urine that lasts for more than a day can be considered to be more than just a dietary factor (like eating beetroot or asparagus) and should mean that you report your symptoms to your doctor for tests and treatment. Simple antibiotics are enough to treat this.
Where it’s a urinary infection, you are also likely to experience some of the other symptoms that are mentioned in this article, including difficulty urinating and changes in your urinary flow.