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Urinary infections are very common, but it often takes us a while to spot the signs that we have a UTI. We might not realise that we have an infection until we experience the more obvious symptoms such as burning when we pee. However, there are some earlier warning signs of urinary infections that can tell you that you’re developing a UTI.
What Are the Early Warning Signs of a UTI?

Early Symptoms of Urinary Infections

The first signs of a UTI can appear before the most characteristic and easy to recognise symptoms, just as you may start to feel ill a day or two before you develop an obvious cold. If you’re able to spot these early signs then you’ll be able to take care of yourself to ensure that your condition improves as quickly as possible.

You might be developing a urinary infection if you notice any of the following signs:
  • Cloudy or darker urine can be one of the first signs of a urinary infection. Your urine might also start to smell stronger than usual if you have a UTI.
  • Needing to urinate more often than usual is often caused by a UTI. You might also find that you feel a stronger urge to urinate or less control over your bladder. These kinds of symptoms are due to inflammation caused by the infection and they can help to eliminate it from your system. Sometimes the inflammation will make it feel as if you’re unable to empty your bladder properly too.
As the urinary infection progresses, you’ll develop other symptoms such as burning when you pee, a fever and abdominal pain. However, you can start tackling a UTI as soon as the earliest symptoms appear. You don’t have to wait before starting treatment.

What to Do If You Spot Signs of a UTI

It’s important to be aware of changes in your body, including your urinary habits, so that you can take action as soon as possible when you’re starting to feel ill. You should never ignore changes in urination or other signs that something is not quite right with your health.
If you think that you’re developing a UTI then you can start to relieve the symptoms at home by:
  • Drinking plenty of water
  • Avoiding caffeine and citrus drinks that can irritate your bladder
  • Using a heating pad or hot water bottle to relieve abdominal pain and inflammation
  • Taking NSAIDs such as paracetamol or ibuprofen can help with pain and relieve inflammation
  • Trying an over the counter urinary infection treatment
You might want to try these remedies for urinary infections before seeing a doctor for antibiotic treatment, but you don’t have to wait if you’re feeling ill. You can see a doctor as soon as you think you’re developing a UTI so that you can get started with antibiotic treatment if necessary. The sooner that you start taking steps to address a UTI, the faster you’ll start to feel better and the milder your symptoms will be.
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