How do I know if I have a Urinary Tract Infection from self-cathing?


Being able to identify the symptoms of a urinary tract infection (UTI) is just as important as knowing how to prevent them while self-cathing. There are 2 types of UTIs: lower tract, infections of the bladder, and upper tract, infections of the kidney. With bladder infections, the symptoms are often less significant than a kidney infection. With both types of urinary tract infections the urine can have a strong odor, look cloudy, and may contain blood or have a dark color.

There may be a fever with a simple bladder infection. However a high fever, lethargy, nausea, vomiting, and back pain may indicate a kidney infection.

Children with full urethral sensation may complain of discomfort when self-catheterizing, or “cathing” from the irritation and inflammation caused by the infection.

Learn more about how to prevent and treat infections at our Infection Assistance Center.


Adjusting to cathing can be tough. You might find yourself dealing with a range of practical, physical and emotional challenges. You don’t have to figure it out alone. Call and talk to a member of the me+ support team today. Call 1-800-422-8811 (M-F, 8:30 AM-7:00 PM ET).


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