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The Dangers of Urinary Tract Infections

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Sometimes, these are the only symptoms of a UTI that show up in the elderly—no pain, no fever, no other typical symptoms of a UTI. These symptoms often have been mistaken as the early stages of dementia or Alzheimer’s, conditions some elderly have even been diagnosed with, when they really have UTIs.

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Caregivers need to recognize that sudden behavior changes are not normal. These symptoms may be masking the most common symptoms of a UTI, which may not even show up at all in an elderly person:

  • A burning sensation upon urination
  • Strong need to urinate, even immediately after urinating
  • Foul-smelling urine
  • Bloody, pink, or cloudy urine
  • Pressure or pain in the middle of the back
  • Low-grade fever
  • Night sweats, shaking, or chills

Why Do the Elderly Develop UTIs?

According to the National Institutes of Health, the following conditions make the elderly more susceptible to UTIs than younger people:

  • Diabetes
  • Urinary retention (unable to empty the bladder, even if your loved one has just used the bathroom)
  • Use of a urinary catheter
  • Bowel incontinence
  • Enlarged prostate
  • Immobility (for example, those who must lie in bed for extended periods of time)
  • Surgery of any area around the bladder
  • Kidney stones

Related:
Urinary Tract Infections in the Elderly
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Urinary Tract Infections in the Elderly originally appeared on AgingCare.com

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9:08AM PDT on Nov 3, 2012

good to know

5:50AM PDT on Nov 3, 2012

Thank you for sharing.

2:19AM PDT on Jul 19, 2012

Thank you for sharing!

10:49AM PDT on May 25, 2012

Thanks

9:23AM PDT on May 15, 2012

Thank you

7:34PM PDT on Mar 23, 2012

Thanks for the article.

7:13AM PDT on Mar 17, 2012

A great article.

6:40AM PST on Feb 9, 2012

Good information. I've been hearing of UTIs being more prevalant than previously; someone I know who works with children tells me that even young children are getting them. And more and more powerful antibiotics are being used to treat them. A friend of mine suggested the use of a product called Cranactin to prevent UTIs, but it will not cure them. Thanks to all those who comment on this issue. It is an important health issue.

11:10AM PST on Jan 26, 2012

None of the store products work for me. If you're a lady, and you know the maddening pain, doctor visits, nasty antibiotic prescriptions, and repeat visits associated with recurrent UTI. Please note, I'm not a doctor, and UTI's have the potential to turn into serious bladder infections, and a bladder infection cannot be gotten rid of without some hardcore antibiotics.

The Lady Soma Detox is the only detox product on the market that prevents my UTI's. I take as directed, and never have to experience a UTI as long as I drink a lot of water. You have to drink tons of water (and that alone is not what prevents the UTI, believe me). I don't know how it works, I just know it does. This is totally anectodal. Always see your doctor. Good luck!

8:10PM PST on Dec 4, 2011

Thanks for info unfortunately I recently had a UTI. It was no picnic!!!

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