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Urinary tract infections (UTIs)

















Urinary tract infections (UTIs) affect your urinary tract, including your bladder (cystitis), urethra (urethritis) or kidneys (kidney infection). UTIs may be treated with antibiotics, but they're not always needed.

Check if it's a urinary tract infection (UTI)

Symptoms of a urinary tract infection (UTI) may include:

  • pain or a burning sensation when peeing (dysuria)

  • needing to pee more often than usual

  • needing to pee more often than usual during the night (nocturia)

  • needing to pee suddenly or more urgently than usual

  • pee that looks cloudy

  • blood in your pee

  • lower tummy pain or pain in your back, just under the ribs

  • a high temperature, or feeling hot and shivery

  • a very low temperature below 36C

Your pee may also be dark or smell. If this is your only symptom, it might be because you've not been drinking enough water.

A pharmacist can help with UTIs

You can ask a pharmacist about treatments for a UTI.

A pharmacist can:

  • offer advice on things that can help you get better

  • suggest the best painkiller to take

  • tell you if you need to see a GP about your symptoms

Some pharmacies offer a UTI management service. They may be able to give antibiotics if they're needed



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