The urinary bladder is an essential part of the genitourinary system. Here, the body stores the toxin-containing urine the kidneys produced, prior to elimination. Because the bladder connects to the outside of the body via the urethra, it is quite prone to infection should bacteria migrate up the urinary tract. Bladder infections or cystitis are a type of urinary tract infection (UTI), one of the most common types of bacterial infections. Being aware of the symptoms of a bladder infection and catching the illness early ensures prompt treatment and can help prevent serious complications, such as the migration of bacteria to the kidneys.
Discomfort during urination is usually the most noticeable sign of a urinary tract or bladder infection. Some people also feel burning sensations and sharp pains when they urinate. If this symptom lasts beyond one or two trips to the bathroom, it may indicate a problem and the need for medical attention.
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