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Can drinking alot of water help if you have a urinary tract infection if you cant go to the doctor

A 37-year-old member asked:
Dr. Howard Usitalo
Urology 40 years experience
Fluids: This is where the wive's tail of cranberry juice came from. If you drink enough fluids, you can wash it away.
Dr. George Klauber
Specializes in Pediatric Urology
Can help till RX: Drinking lots of water can be a stop gap measure until you get a prescription for antibiotics. Uti might clear up eventually, but we don't know if thi... Read More

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A 33-year-old member asked:
Dr. Robert Dudley
Family Medicine 24 years experience
Yes: Drinking water is thought to help flush bacteria from the bladder and may help prevent or clear a urinary tract infection more quickly. Antibiotics ar... Read More
Dr. Geoffrey Rutledge
Internal Medicine 41 years experience
Yes: For a bladder infection, reducing the time your urine remains in the bladder will help to clear it up. So drink extra water and plan to go to the bath... Read More
Dr. George Klauber
Specializes in Pediatric Urology
Yes: Drinking lots -> more urine produced which dilutes concentration of infection causing bacteria & increased frequency of urinating when bacteria are ex... Read More
A 48-year-old member asked:
Dr. Ed Friedlander
Pathology 44 years experience
Who's infected?: If you have a urinary tract infection, get on the phone and make your own appointment. You can die from that stuff. If you are disabled and depend on ... Read More
A 48-year-old member asked:
Dr. Dennis Higginbotham
Obstetrics and Gynecology 30 years experience
Postcoital cystitis: Sometimes women experience urinay tract infections (UTI) as a direct result of sexual intercourse. Bacteria can be pushed into the urethra during sex... Read More
A 47-year-old member asked:
Dr. George Klauber
Specializes in Pediatric Urology
Urinalysis & culture: Most UTIs can be diagnosed by simple dipstick test & used by all primary care practitioners, urologists, gynecologists etc. Now available in many ... Read More
A 33-year-old member asked:
Dr. Alan Patterson
Obstetrics and Gynecology 42 years experience
U shoudl have access: To an emergency room or urgent visit center, or a pharmacy u need to leave a urine sample that can be sent to the lab and the health care provider c... Read More
A 37-year-old member asked:
Dr. Clarence Grim
Endocrinology 57 years experience
UTI: Sorry to hear about your problem. Given the information you sent all I can say is that the chances are not zero. I specialize in this and here for nex... Read More
A 41-year-old female asked:
Dr. Amrita Dosanjh
Pediatric Pulmonology 36 years experience
Monitor/follow up: A follow up urine test is recommended at day 2 to 3. If there is no improvement, another antibiotic may be added and a culture sent for review. Drink... Read More
A 44-year-old member asked:
Dr. Joseph Woods
Pathology 28 years experience
Maybe/please clarify: This can happen as bacteria can ascend the urethra into your bladder, especially in women and in nursing homes, it may occur repeatedly. You might ne... Read More
A female asked:
Dr. Nicole Jarvis
Obstetrics and Gynecology 22 years experience
Not the cause: Salty foods are not the cause of the UTI, but during treatment we encourage increased fluids to help flush out the bladder and decreased caffeine/salt... Read More

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