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How do I know if I have a Urinary Tract Infection from self-cathing?

Being able to identify the symptoms of a urinary tract infection (UTI) is just as important as knowing how to prevent them while self-cathing. There are 2 types of UTIs: lower tract, infections of the bladder, and upper tract, infections of the kidney. With bladder infections, the symptoms are often less significant than a kidney infection. With both types of urinary tract infections the urine can have a strong odour, look cloudy, and may contain blood or have a dark colour.

There may be a fever with a simple bladder infection. However a high fever, lethargy, nausea, vomiting, and back pain may indicate a kidney infection.

Children with full urethral sensation may complain of discomfort when self-catheterising, or “cathing” from the irritation and inflammation caused by the infection.

Learn more about how to prevent and treat infections at our Infection Assistance Centre.

Adjusting to cathing can be tough, with a range of practical, physical and emotional challenges. You don’t have to figure it out alone. Call and talk to a member of the me+ support team today, on 0800 234 6569.