Bladder infections in women are a common problem seen in general practice. The symptoms are a burning sensation on peeing, a need to urinate more frequently than usual, lower abdominal pain or discomfort, and sometimes blood in the urine.
Recent sexual intercourse is a risk factor. The cause is bacteria in the stool which make their way up into the bladder via the urethra. Over the counter medications are often used to relieve symptoms, but these do not kill the bacteria, and so patients may find that after an initial response, symptoms recur. There is some risk that bacteria can travel from the bladder up the ureter into the kidney, causing a more serious infection called pyelonephritis. So if you have persistent burning urine, frequency and pain, don’t ignore it. See your doctor who will analyse your urine with a dipstick test, exclude other possible causes of your symptoms, and prescribe an appropriate antibiotic if necessary. The response to an antibiotic is usually quick, with the patient feeling better within 48 hours. So don’t delay, deal with your burning urine today!