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I have had a uti for 2 weeks now and i can't afford to go to a doctor to get antibiotics. help?

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Dr. Hunter Handsfield
Infectious Disease 53 years experience
Need to see doctor: Sorry, but you'll need to find a way to get professional care for antibiotic and probalby testing to confirm UTI, maybe STD testing if at risk. A low cost community clinic may be available, or phone your local or state health department to ask about options. Health dept may also help with medical insurance sign-up or advice. In meantime, drink lots of fluids to help reduce symptoms. Good luck!
Dr. Hunter Handsfield
Infectious Disease 53 years experience
Provided original answer
You could also try phenazopyridine (Pyridum® and other brands), with is available over the counter; check the pharmacy shelves near feminine hygiene and health products, or ask the pharmacist. However, it will only help reduce urgency and painful urination, without curing UTI. You still need to see a doctor even if symptoms improve.
Mar 24, 2015
Dr. Fred McCurdy
Pediatric Nephrology and Dialysis 45 years experience
UTI treatment: Tough situation. Drink a whole bunch of fluids. Taking foods that will acidify your urine such as very large quantities of cranberry juice. Look into possible homeopathic treatments available through your local pharmacy but talk with your pharmacist first and get her/his advice also. Though are my thoughts right off the top-of-my-head.

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