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An urge to urinate frequently but usually passing only small amounts of urine is a common symptom of urinary problems, such as urinary tract infections. The bladder may become inflamed. This can cause the urge to urinate. You may try to urinate more often than usual to try to soothe that urge.
Frequent urination also may be caused by sexually transmitted infections (STIs) or kidney stones. Or it may happen when something irritates the tube that carries urine from the bladder to the outside of the body (urethra). It may also be a sign of diabetes.
The cause may be hard to find. You may need tests.
Follow-up care is a key part of your treatment and safety. Be sure to make and go to all appointments, and call your doctor or nurse call line if you are having problems. It's also a good idea to know your test results and keep a list of the medicines you take.
Call your doctor or nurse call line now or seek immediate medical care if:
Watch closely for changes in your health, and be sure to contact your doctor or nurse call line if you feel thirstier than usual.
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Current as of: August 21, 2019
Author: Healthwise Staff
Medical Review:Adam Husney MD - Family Medicine & Elizabeth T. Russo MD - Internal Medicine
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