What Does a UTI Feel Like? Understanding the Symptoms of Urinary Tract Infections

Phil Mitchell MD, MS
Medically reviewed by Phil Mitchell MD, MS

What does a UTI feel like?

A UTI or Urinary Tract Infection can cause a range of symptoms, including:

  • Strong, persistent urge to urinate
  • Burning sensation when urinating
  • Passing frequent, small amounts of urine
  • Cloudy or strong-smelling urine
  • Pelvic pain or pressure
  • Rectal pain (in men)

Symptoms may vary depending on the severity of the infection and the part of the affected urinary tract. Some people may experience fever, chills, and nausea in severe cases of UTIs.


It’s important to note that only some people with a UTI will experience all of these symptoms. Some people may only experience mild symptoms, while others may have more severe symptoms.

If you suspect you have a UTI, it’s important to see a healthcare provider for diagnosis and treatment. UTIs can be treated with antibiotics, and most people begin feeling better within a few days of starting treatment.

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