Urinary tract infections, or UTIs, are one of the most widespread health infections in seniors. Seniors are more prone to this infection, yet it is also harder to diagnose because the symptoms of UTI are not easily recognizable. If left untreated for long periods of time, UTIs can cause severe health issues including sepsis and damage to the kidneys. However, with timely detection, there is no need to worry too much about this infection as it is highly treatable. Find out how to spot symptoms of UTI in seniors and what kind of treatments are available!
Typical Symptoms of UTI
Since seniors are prone to other health conditions such as chronic urinary issues, symptoms of a mild UTI may not be readily identifiable as they can be overlooked. Some typical symptoms of UTI include a desire to urinate often even when there is very little discharge, burning sensations when urinating, the presence of blood in urine, unusual stench or cloudy urine, as well as the feeling that you have not fully emptied your bladder. If you encounter any of these symptoms, it may be good to visit the doctor or talk to a healthcare provider if you suspect you have UTI.
Warning Signs of Severe UTI
If you have overlooked the earlier symptoms above, or if you have not experienced the symptoms above, more severe signs of UTI can manifest in the form of fever, nausea and vomiting, a painful sensation in your lower back or abdomen, or chills and night sweats. These symptoms are more obvious and easily noticed.
Less Recognizable Symptoms of Severe UTI
Sometimes, you may experience less recognizable symptoms such as these behavioral changes:
- Being unable to carry out everyday tasks that you used to be able to do.
- Confusion, incoherence and delirium.
If you notice any of these changes in behavior in yourself or a loved one, in addition to any of the symptoms described above, it is highly likely that you may have UTI. Seek a healthcare provider immediately, and you will be recommended to do a urine test to confirm if you have a UTI.
Treatment Available for Seniors with UTI
Seniors who have a milder version of UTI may only be required to take antibiotics. Taking the right kind of antibiotics can usually completely resolve mild UTIs within a few days, so there is no cause for worry. If your UTI infection is more severe and if you have other underlying health conditions, treatment may take a longer time and you may have to be hospitalized in order for doctors to administer intravenous antibiotics.
If you want to avoid getting UTIs, it is recommended that seniors drink more water. You can also consider drinking cranberry juice to help reduce the risk of bacterial infections.
Discovery Village At The Forum Provides Great Care for Seniors
Worried about being unable to identify infections and illnesses in time for proper treatment? At Discovery Village At The Forum, we have a team of experienced and passionate staff who ensure our residents receive the best care they can get, both physically and mentally! We also offer regular health checkups so seniors can rest assured that their health concerns will always be addressed. Contact us to find out more about our various senior living programs now!