Urinary Tract Infections (UTI’s) can occur in people of all ages, including the elderly. It’s important to recognize the signs and symptoms of a UTI so that it can be diagnosed and treated promptly. Here are five common signs of a urinary tract infection:
- Frequent and Urgent Need to Urinate: An increased frequency of urination, accompanied by a strong and sudden urge to urinate, is a common symptom of a UTI. It’s important to know that the amount of urine passed may be small.
- Pain or Discomfort During Urination: A burning or stinging sensation during urination can be a sign of a UTI.
- Cloudy or Strong-Smelling Urine: Urine that appears cloudy, dark, or has a strong and unpleasant odor can be indicative of a UTI. Changes in urine color and odor can be caused by the presence of bacteria in the urinary tract.
- Lower Abdominal Pain or Pressure: People with UTIs may experience pain or pressure in the lower abdomen or pelvic area. This discomfort may be mild or more intense, depending on the severity of the infection.
- General Fatigue, Weakness or Change in Behavior: A UTI can cause general fatigue, weakness, or a feeling of overall illness. In addition, uncommon behavior or actions is also a sign and symptom of a UTI.
Symptoms of a UTI can vary from person to person. Assisted Living Communities have the capacity to capture urine samples and send it out to the lab the same day. From there, the Primary Care Physician can order the proper antibiotics.