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A 74-year-old female asked:

Do i need an antibiotic? i tested positive for uti using uti home test, i have pain that runs from right side lower back to right side lower abdomen, burning during urination?

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Dr. Stephen Pappachen
Obstetrics and Gynecology 24 years experience
No (within reason): So many things to address here. I will summarize by saying that risk assessment is key here (e.g. comorbidities present, pregnancy, etc...). Use of OTC (over the counter)remedies should be considered. Finally, if symptoms worsen, see doctor ASAP.
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Dr. John Bodell
General Surgery 52 years experience
Need lab urine test.: If your other symptoms include increased frequency of urination and chills or elevated temperature, you may need an antibiotic. Your PCP should be able to assist you. I would increase your water intake and sometimes cranberry juice help with your symptoms.
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Last updated Dec 20, 2020

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