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Can the Flu Cause a Bladder Infection?

While some flu symptoms can be similar to symptoms of a bladder infection — such as a urinary tract infection or a kidney infection — the flu will not lead to one. While it is possible to experience bladder infections while you have the flu, influenza doesn’t cause them to develop.

Bladder infections occur when bacteria make their way into the urethra and bladder. Women often suffer from bladder infections more often than men, and a variety of things can cause one to develop. These include having sexual intercourse, not urinating after intercourse, wiping from back to front after using the restroom, inserting a tampon and having diabetes.

Symptoms of a bladder infection can include:

  • Burning sensation while urinating
  • Cloudy or blood-tinged urine
  • Pain in your pelvic area or abdomen
  • Fever and chills
  • Fatigue
  • Nausea
  • Frequent urination

While some of these symptoms are similar to symptoms of the flu, they are very different conditions with different causes. The flu is caused by influenza viruses that infect your throat, nose and lungs. These viruses are spread when an infected person sneezes or coughs, sending droplets into the air that people nearby can breathe in. The flu can also be spread on surfaces such as tables and doorknobs for up to 48 hours.

Bladder infections are usually caused by bacteria, while conditions such as the flu are caused by viruses. So while it may feel like the flu is leading to a bladder infection, that isn’t the case. If you feel like you may be suffering from a bladder infection alongside the flu, you should schedule an appointment with your urologist.

At Arkansas Urology, we’re here for you. If you have questions about bladder infections or bladder health, don’t hesitate to reach out for more information. Contact us today to schedule an appointment with one of our professionals to discuss treatment options, or book an appointment online in minutes.

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