Symptoms of an E. coli infection in the bladder include a burning sensation while urinating, increased urgency, and pain or pressure in the pelvic area. The urine is often cloudy or bloody with a strong odor, according to the University of Maryland Medical Center.
E. coli is responsible for 90 percent of bladder infections in women. It is usually caused by fecal matter contaminating the urethra because of improper hygiene habits, as stated by the UCSF Medical Center.
Doctors treat E. coli infections with first-line antibiotics such as sulfa and nitrofurantoin. As a preventative measure, 2012 research suggests drinking several glasses of cranberry juice daily, reports the University of Maryland Medical Center.