How do I know if I have a urinary tract infection from self-cathing?

As an intermittent catheter user, you may be prone to developing a urinary tract infection (UTI) at some point.

Being able to identify the symptoms of a UTI is just as important as knowing how to prevent them when self-cathing. An infection can happen in different parts of your urinary tract. There are 3 different types of UTIs, based on where the infection is located.

  1. Cystitis: an infection in the bladder. This may cause you to empty your bladder more often and it may hurt to urinate. With this infection, urine may be cloudy, foul-smelling and may contain blood. The bladder is also inflamed so you may experience pressure in your abdomen.
  2. Urethritis: an infection in your urethra. This can cause discharge and burning when you empty your bladder.
  3. Pyelonephritis: an infection in your kidneys. When an infection moves up to your kidneys from your lower tract, this can cause fever, chills, nausea, vomiting or upper back or side pain.

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