A bladder infection, also known as a urinary tract infection is a very common problem especially in young women. Most of the time there is no particular reason that you get a urinary tract infection, though sexual intercourse can be an inciting cause. The symptoms of a urinary tract infection include burning with urination, lower abdominal pain, urinary frequency (the urge to go suddenly), and sometimes fever
. Urinary tract infections will sometimes go away on their own. Some women drink cranberry juice as a means of trying to clear up the infection. This certainly does not work every time. In addition, many of them can progress to a kidney infection which can be much more dangerous than a simple urinary tract infection. Thus, I tend to treat everyone with a urinary tract infection with antibiotics.
I suggest that you schedule an appointment with your primary care physician
. He or she can listen to your description of your symptoms and perform a thorough physical exam. Your doctor
will also ask you for a urine sample to perform a simple urinalysis and urine culture. These test are the gold standard for diagnosing a urinary tract infection. If you do have one, then you can get a prescription for antibiotics.