Bladder Infection Symptoms, Signs, Risk Factors & Treatment

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A bladder infection, also called cystitis, is a bacterial infection within the bladder. Some people call a bladder infection a urinary tract infection (UTI) or cystitis. This refers to a bacterial infection anywhere in the urinary tract, such as the bladder, kidneys, ureters, or the urethra.

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While most cases of bladder infection occur suddenly (acute), others may recur over the long-term (chronic). Early treatment is key to preventing the spread of the infection.