A bladder infection is a type of urinary tract infection. It is a lower urinary tract infection. Bladder infection symptoms can include pain when urinating, frequent urge to urinate, and feeling like you have to go pee even when you have an empty bladder. One of the most common causes of a UTI is exposure to E. Coli, though other types of bacteria and fungi can sometimes be the cause. There are many risk factors for bladder infections, including being a female, having sex, diabetes, and family history. Even though sexual intercourse can cause UTIs, a bladder infection is not classified as an STD.
Most bladder infections are treated with antibiotics, but antibiotic resistance is increasing. That’s why it’s important to always have protected sex. Of course, there are many reasons to have protected sex, but not getting painful, nasty UTIs is one of them. Let’s look at the top 13 most common signs of a bladder infection. If you’ve been experiencing some weird pain and symptoms, this list should help you figure it out. You can always visit a urologist to be sure if this list sounds like your symptoms.
1. Pain, or a burning or stinging sensation, when urinating
This is one of the most common symptoms, for which urinary infections are best known. Often, one of the early signs of a bladder infection. Pain can range from mild to almost unbearable, depending on how severe the infection actually is. A burning sensation is also common, while stinging is less usual, but still a valid symptom of a possible bladder infection. Pain, burning, and stinging will only be present when urinating; the rest of the time you shouldn’t experience any of them.