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.
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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