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Bladder infection

Bladder infection has the following symptoms:

  • The urgent feeling to pass urine
  • Needing to pass urine frequently
  • Only small amounts of urine may be passed
  • Burning or stinging feeling when you urinate
  • Discomfort in your lower tummy (abdomen)
  • Strong urine smell
  • Dark, cloudy urine
  • Some blood in the urine
  • Nausea or vomiting

Please contact us today in case of:

  • Fever (38 degrees Celcius or higher)
  • Feeling unwell
  • Pain on one side of your back
  • Pregnancy
  • Diabetes or kidney disease
  • If after a week there is little or no improvement
  • Still experiencing symptoms two days after finishing your antibiotics

For women, a bladder infection doesn’t always need to be treated with antibiotics. In case of severe symptoms they can be prescribed. Men must always take antibiotics if they have a bladder infection. It is important to drink enough fluids if you have a bladder infection.

Check for more information on a bladder infection.
Urinary symptoms can also be caused by sexually transmitted infections.

Urine test at our practice
If you have one or more of the above symptoms, you can have your urine tested for infection at our practice.
Please bring your urine to our practice, it is not necessary to make an appointment for this.

  • Please fill in this form.
  • Use a clean container (or retrieve a clean container at the practice).
  • It is best to collect your urine first thing in the morning
    Important: first urinate a little (to flush your urinary tube that always contains some micro-organisms), then collect the second bit of urine in the container.
  • Store the urine in a fridge if you can’t bring it straight away to our practice.
  • Please drop your urine together with the form at our practice before 10 am (no appointment needed).
  • You can call us for results from 11 am on.
  • We sometimes do a simple culture at our practice (called uricult). There are some costs involved (up to 5 euro’s).

If you have Dutch health care insurance, there are no costs, please check your insurance policy to be sure.

Urine testing in a lab
If you are male, child, pregnant, if you have fever or if the doctor deems it necessary, the urine can be sent to a specialized lab for culture. The results will take a few days.

There are costs involved. If the test is negative usually 20-30 euro’s, if positive up to 300 euro’s. These costs are estimates. Look for the exact costs on the website (in Dutch) of Certe. Go to "Tarieven Medische microbiologie" and look under  “urinekweek”.

If you have a Dutch insurance, the costs for these tests will be at the expense of your “own risk”. If you have spent your own risk in a given year, it won’t cost you anything more.