A 41-year-old female asked:
Could an untreated UTI lead to something worse? Tested positive for trace protein/blood in urine. Urine odor, odd sensation after urination.
1 doctor answer
Dr. Gregory Lewis answered
43 years experience in Urology
Yes: An untreated UTI can lead to increasingly bothersome symptoms (urgency, frequency, pain, incontinence, and visible blood) or, potentially more serious, a kidney infection (pyelonephritis) with fever, chills, nausea, vomiting, flank pain and risk of sepsis requiring hospitalization and IV antibiotics. Best to get evaluated and treated if symptoms bothersome, persist, or worsen.
Answered on Jun 10, 2014
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