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How do I know if I have a UTI?

Andrew Bellingham

Andrew Bellingham

Pharmacist | 20+ Years | BPharm | Dip Clin Pharm

UTIs, or Urinary Tract Infections, are common bacterial issues that can bother various parts of your urinary system – like your bladder, urethra, and sometimes, even your kidneys. They happen when bacteria from your digestive system get into your urinary tract, causing inflammation and discomfort. 

If you think you might have a UTI, you should book an online consultation with a pharmacist as soon as possible to get a proper diagnosis and the treatment you need.

Treating your UTI quickly not only makes treating your condition quicker and easier, but also helps prevent any potential complications. So, don’t hesitate to seek medical assistance from a pharmacist if you think something’s up.

What does a UTI feel like?

Experiencing a UTI can be uncomfortable, with symptoms affecting both your body and your overall well-being. 

Here are the tell-tale signs you have a UTI:

  • Pain or burning sensation from the moment you start to wee
  • Constant urge to wee, even if you’ve just been
  • Cloudy or bloody wee
  • Wee that smells very strong
  • Pain in your belly or pelvic area


For more information, read our article on the symptoms and causes of UTIs.

What to do when you have a UTI?

When a UTI strikes, taking swift action can help ease discomfort and speed up recovery.

Here are some quick steps to start feeling better:

  1. Book an online consultation with a pharmacist to get the treatment you need
  2. Drink plenty of water
  3. Steer clear of potential irritants like caffeine, alcohol, spicy foods, and acidic beverages
  4. Place a warm heating pad or hot water bottle on your lower abdomen to soothe discomfort

You should avoid taking any antibiotics or supplements until you have spoken with a pharmacist. Self-medicating without proper guidance can be harmful and may not effectively treat the underlying infection.

Frequently asked questions about UTIs

Do I have a urine infection?

You may have a UTI if you have a burning sensation when you wee, your wee is cloudy or bloody, and you need to go more often than usual. Consult a pharmacist for proper diagnosis and treatment.

How to know if you have a bladder infection?

Common signs of a bladder infection include a frequent urge to wee, a painful burning sensation, and cloudy or bloody wee. Book an online consultation with a pharmacist if you think you have an infection. 

What does urine infection feel like?

A urine infection can feel like a persistent urge to go to the bathroom, accompanied by discomfort or a burning sensation from the moment you start to wee.

A lady holds her stomach in pain due to UTI pain brought on by a common cause

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