Does UTI Cause Bloating In Your Body?

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May 30, 2024

Urinary tract infections (UTIs) are quite common in both men and women and mainly present as painful urination and increased urinary frequency. However, some may experience additional symptoms as well involving the gut. So, if you have had multiple episodes and your stomach seems bigger, let’s find out if your abdominal bloating is due to UTI.

How Does UTI Cause Bloating?

UTIs are quite a trouble due to burning urination and frequent bathroom trips; however, some may have an additional symptom – bloating. While the classic signs usually target the urinary tract, this infection may trigger abdominal puffiness. Here are some mechanisms by which this happens:

  • Inflammation: As soon as the body is struck with UTI, your body’s immune system starts preparing to fight the invading bacteria. This inflammatory response usually is not only limited to the urinary tract alone. It may spread to surrounding tissues, including the intestines. This is the reason why the digestive system irritates and causes bloating, gas, and even cramping.
  • Gut Microbial Imbalance: Your gut contains a large number of bacteria, some beneficial and some harmful. UTIs disrupt this balance and cause damage. Antibiotics are often among the frontline workers who treat UTIs. They kill not only the bad bacteria causing the infection but also some of the good ones that contribute to healthy digestion. This non-discrimination leads to bloating during a UTI.
  • Fluid Retention: It is possible for your body to wire in such a way during UTI that it starts retaining more fluid than it normally does. This fluid buildup occurs not only in your bladder but in your abdomen as well, making bloating during UTI common.
  • Behavioral Changes: Infection in the urinary tract is quite uncomfortable and bothersome. Someone with a UTI might avoid drinking enough fluids to lessen the frequent urination trips, or might choose foods that are easier on their irritated bladder. These modifications in diet and hydration contribute to constipation and bloating.

How Long Does It Take to Flush Out a UTI?

The time it takes to properly flush a UTI out of the system depends on the way you choose to fight it. With antibiotics, symptoms such as burning and urgency improves within a few days; however, it is a must to finish the entire course that usually takes around 3-7 days to completely eliminate the bacteria.

In case you choose the route without antibiotics, UTI, along with bloating, might resolve on its own within a week, but this is risky and may lead to a kidney infection.

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Closing Note

It is important to note that not everyone with a UTI always experiences bloating. However, if you are dealing with both the troubles, try managing it with the help of dietary modifications and ask your doctor what further can be done. If you are still confused or want to learn more about this, contact our expert, Dr. Rajesh Maheshwari, MD, at Lathrop Urgent Care Clinic. Our competent team is waiting to serve you. Call (209) 983-9000 to connect with us.

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