Burning during urination, a strong, persistent urge to urinate, frequent urination and urine that appears cloudy, red, pink or brownish and has a strong odor are common symptoms of a urinary tract infection, states Mayo Clinic. Pelvic pain in women and rectal pain in men are additional symptoms.
Symptoms are specific to the affected portion of the urinary tract, reports Mayo Clinic. Pain in the upper back and side, high fever and chills, and nausea and vomiting are symptoms that indicate a kidney infection. Blood in the urine, frequent and painful urination, pelvic pressure and lower abdominal pain signify infection of the bladder, or cystitis. If the only symptom is burning upon urination, urethritis, or infection of the urethra, is the likely cause.
When it comes to body infections, urinary tract infections are the second most common type, reports Medical News Today. Women are more likely than men to contract urinary tract infections. Women's urethras are short and located close to the anus, making it easier for bacteria to enter the urinary tract.
While most urinary tract infections are not serious, a sudden kidney infection can be life-threatening, especially if septicemia occurs, warns Medical News Today. Kidney infections that last a long time or that recur can cause permanent kidney damage.