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Discussion in 'I care for a person with dementia' started by opaline, Feb 1, 2015.
Mum is feeling that she needs to 'go' but when she does nothing happens, is this a symptom of a UTI?
Hi. When my mum had UTIs she quite often suffered from retention (unable to wee)
Dont leave it too long before you call GP out.
My mum used to have a catheter inserted at home by the district nurse and once the infection had cleared it was removed we waited to see if she could pass urine again.
Thanks for replies, x
I find this is one of the first signs with my mum before the confusion etc kicks in. I have now arranged with my GP to have antibiotics in advance ready to use as by the time I manage to get a sample and have it tested we can already be three days in!
If you have antibiotics to hand, please make sure you also have some sterile sample pots.
Always take a specimen BEFORE giving the first of the antibiotics, and take to the doctors' surgery.
That way, if the bug turns out to be resistent, a new antibiotic to which the bug is not resistent can be subsituted.
It can be very hard to culture a bug after even a single dose even of an ineffective AB.