You suddenly feel an overwhelming urge to urinate and lose control of your bladder on the way to the bathroom. Could this be due to a bladder infection or an overactive bladder? While only a doctor can make the correct diagnosis, it’s important to understand the difference between the two. In this blog, we will look at how incontinence and bladder infections are related, and describe common symptoms of urinary tract infections.
What are bladder infections?
Bladder infections are the most common type of urinary tract infections. They occur when bacteria from the skin or intestines make their way into the bladder. Pain and burning with urination is a common sign of a bladder infection, along with frequent urges to urinate. Other symptoms include:
- Dark, cloudy urine with a foul smell
- Only being able to urinate a little bit at a time
- Pain in your lower abdomen
- Fever and chills
Can bladder infections cause incontinence?
Infection causes the bladder to become swollen and irritated. As a result, the amount of urine the bladder can hold is reduced and incontinence can develop. Sometimes it can be hard to tell if urine leakage is due to overactive bladder or an infection. If you have other symptoms like burning with urination or cloudy urine, you are more likely to have a bladder infection. Urinary tract infections usually require treatment with antibiotics so it is important to see your doctor right away! If a bladder infection is to blame for urinary incontinence, you can look forward to staying dry after it is treated.
Preventing bladder infections
You can help avoid urinary tract infections by drinking at least 6-8 glasses of water every day. If it’s hard for you to drink that much water, you can also increase your fluid intake with herbal tea or diluted fruit juice. Try to avoid alcohol and caffeinated drinks because they can irritate the bladder and make incontinence worse. When you use the bathroom, always wipe your bottom from front to back to keep bacteria away from the bladder.
Do not hesitate to see the doctor if you suspect that you might have a bladder infection. Getting treatment right away will get you feeling better and keep you dry. If incontinence becomes a chronic problem, a waterproof mattress is convenient and hygienic. SaniSnooze™ is the best incontinence mattress solution for children and adults of all ages with every type of bed-wetting issue. The waterproof exterior protects the supportive foam core to ensure maximum comfort and therapeutic sleep. SaniSnooze™ is the most convenient, cost-effective solution for incontinence, allowing users and caregivers to rest easily.
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