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How can you tell the difference between urinary tract infection and urinary incontinence?

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Dr. James Krick
Urology
5 doctors agree

In brief: UTI

A urinary tract infection most often causes burning with urination and urinary frequency and urgency.
Urinary incontinence is leakage of urine with an urge to urinate or with physical activity.

In brief: UTI

A urinary tract infection most often causes burning with urination and urinary frequency and urgency.
Urinary incontinence is leakage of urine with an urge to urinate or with physical activity.
Dr. James Krick
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Dr. George Klauber
Pediatrics - Urology
4 doctors agree

In brief: With a urinalysis

Utis are caused by bacteria which attach to ; cause inflammation of bladder lining resulting in burning on urination, foul smelling urine urinary frequency ; urgency ; possible urge incontinence.
Urinary incontinence is uncontrolled urinary leakage, continually if there is nerve deficit present (neurogenic bladder), intermittent i.E with coughing, sneezing, jumping etc. Is stress incontinence.

In brief: With a urinalysis

Utis are caused by bacteria which attach to ; cause inflammation of bladder lining resulting in burning on urination, foul smelling urine urinary frequency ; urgency ; possible urge incontinence.
Urinary incontinence is uncontrolled urinary leakage, continually if there is nerve deficit present (neurogenic bladder), intermittent i.E with coughing, sneezing, jumping etc. Is stress incontinence.
Dr. George Klauber
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Dr. Jerome Yaklic
Obstetrics & Gynecology
3 doctors agree

In brief: Get a test

A urinary tract infection can cause temporary incontinence which should resolve when the infection has been treated.
A urinalysis &/or urine culture should be able to make the diagnosis of a UTI & antibiotics should treat it. If the symptoms don't resolve after treatment & repeat culture shows the infection has resolved there might be something else causing the sx & further eval may be needed.

In brief: Get a test

A urinary tract infection can cause temporary incontinence which should resolve when the infection has been treated.
A urinalysis &/or urine culture should be able to make the diagnosis of a UTI & antibiotics should treat it. If the symptoms don't resolve after treatment & repeat culture shows the infection has resolved there might be something else causing the sx & further eval may be needed.
Dr. Jerome Yaklic
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Dr. Erik Suh
Family Medicine

In brief: Uti

Urinary tract infection is an infection and should cause some sort of discomfort.
Incontinence is where you can't hold your urine in. For your age, most likely urinary tract infection, but for a male, rule out std.

In brief: Uti

Urinary tract infection is an infection and should cause some sort of discomfort.
Incontinence is where you can't hold your urine in. For your age, most likely urinary tract infection, but for a male, rule out std.
Dr. Erik Suh
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