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A 31-year-old female asked:

do i have to take an antibiotic to cure a uti? or can i take a probiotic and drink plenty of water?

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Dr. Hunter Handsfield
Infectious Disease 53 years experience
Antibiotic needed: Probiotics may help prevent certain infections, but unlikely to prevent UTI. And for sure probiotics never cure any active infection. High fluid intake will help reduce UTI symptoms, but doesn't clear the infection. You need an antibiotic and should first have proper testing to confirm the diagnosis. Contact your doctor. Good luck!
Dr. Bruce Jacobs
Specializes in Family Medicine
If you are: symptomatic, I would recommend an antibiotic.. You don't want this to lead to a kidney infection.

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