Bladder infections are one of the most common infections, causing symptoms of burning with urination and needing to urinate frequently. A bladder infection is a type of urinary tract infection (UTI). Bladder infections are more common is women than men. Most women have an uncomplicated bladder infection that is easily treated with a short course of antibiotics. In men, bladder infections may also affect the prostate gland, and a longer course of treatment may be needed.
This discussion will focus on bladder infections in a healthy adult. Kidney infections and bladder infections in children are discussed in a separate article.