Urinary Tract Infections (UTIs) are one of the most commonly diagnosed infections in older adults.
A UTI is an infection of the urinary system. It happens when bacteria in the urethra, bladder, or kidneys are present in the urine.
As our population ages, it’s more important to know how to diagnose UTIs, how to treat them, and how to prevent them from happening in the future.
If left untreated, a UTI can lead to acute or chronic kidney infections. This could permanently damage these vital organs and even lead to kidney failure.
Knowing the information below may help.
Common Urinary Tract Infection Symptoms
If you’re wondering whether you or a loved one has a UTI, look for these symptoms:
Urine that appears cloudy or dark
Strong or foul-smelling urine
Frequent or urgent need to urinate
Pain or burning during urination
Feelings of pressure or pain in the lower pelvis
Night sweats, shaking, or chills
UTI Symptoms in the Elderly
In addition to the common symptoms listed above, there are also some less-common symptoms you or your loved one should look for. These UTI symptoms only present themselves in the elderly.
The reason to know about and look out for these symptoms is that some of them are often mistaken for the early stages of dementia or Alzheimer’s disease, according to the National Institutes of Health (NIH).
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