A bladder infection is an infection of the urinary bladder with microorganisms. The condition may be asymptomatic, especially during pregnancy which can be a major contributing factor to maternal and fetal morbidity.
bladder infection symptoms:
The most common symptoms of urinary tract infection include:
- painful urination
- frequent urination (a strong desire to urinate often)
- cloudy urination
In some cases, women also complain of a feeling of not emptying the bladder and heaviness in the lower abdomen.
bladder infection symptoms from an alternative perspective
In Traditional Chinese Medicine, these symptoms are broken down even further. Bladder Infections, and Urinary Tract Infections fall under the category of "Lin" or "Painful Urinary Syndrome." There are over 17 classifications of "Lin" based on the way the symptoms of bladder infection present. Just looking at the above western symptoms we can say that:
- Painful Urination: Burning pain in the urethra during urination is due to "Heat" or "Damp-Heat." Pain before urination indicates stagnation of Qi, while pain after urination indicates deficiency of Qi.
- Frequent Urination: If the urine is pail, frequent urination indicates either a deficiency of "Kidney Yang" or a sinking of "Spleen Qi." If the urine is dark and urination painful, then the diagnosis is "Damp Heat." Scanty urination with dark urine indicates a deficiency of "Kidney Yang."
- Cloudy Urination: While not the only way to identify a bladder infection (above it was stated that many infections are asymptomatic), the color of ones urine does give great insight into the internal condition. Looking closer:
- Pail Urine: indicates deficiency of "Kidney Yang."
- Dark Urine: indicates deficiency of "Kidney Yin."
- Cloudy Urine: indicates "Dampness" which is almost always indicates a bladder infection.
- Rust Colored and Blood in the Urine: indicates either "Blood Heat" or "Qi Deficiency" while small clots of blood in the urine indicate "Blood Stasis"
Information shared in this section is indicative. Please do not make any conclusion and we strongly recommend you to consult with your Doctor. Symptoms may vary with individual, geography, climate and lifestyle