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A 21-year-old member asked:

my urinary tract infection seems to be gone. do i still need to take the rest of my antibiotic medication?

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Dr. Jay Park
Dr. Jay Parkanswered
Pediatrics 50 years experience
Certainly: Subsidence of symptoms, e.g., painful urination or fever, does not generally mean complete clearing of uti. Premature termination of drug treatment results in leaving half-dead (antibiotic resistant) bugs behind.
Dr. George Klauber
Specializes in Pediatric Urology
Yes: Excellent that you are no longer symptomatic, but does not mean that UTI has completely resolved. Antibiotics will also give you some protection from getting reinfected whilst bladder heals. You are at increased risk of getting another UTI during the healing phase. So it's a good idea to complete the course of antibiotics.

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A 36-year-old member asked:

Can you have sex with a girl that has a urinary tract infection and not get it?

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Dr. Martin Raff
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Yes: Vaginal penetration by the penis will not induce infection simply because your partner has a uti.
A 40-year-old member asked:

Is it safe to take birth control while taking antibiotics?

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Yes, but: Most antibiotics and many other medications lower the effectiveness of birth control pills, so it is safest to also use condoms as well.
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What can I do to prevent bacterial infections?

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Good hygiene: The best way to prevent bacterial infections, or viral infections, is good hygiene. Wash your hand properly and often. Next come nutrition; your immune system works much better if you give it the proper tools to work with. Next comes sleep; not sleeping properly or enough has been shown to weaken the immune system and increase susceptibility to infections.
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What causes frequent throat infections?

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Many possibilities: Inadequate therapy, re-exposure or frequent exposure to persons with causative organisms (like schoolteachers), changes in immune function, chronic tonsillar infection, and so on and so on.
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A 20-year-old female asked:

I had UTI and while I was getting treated I was bleeding a lot, like a normal period, but is that normal? I had my period a week before I had uti.

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Dr. Annette Fineberg
Obstetrics and Gynecology 29 years experience
No: Treating a UTI should not cause vaginal bleeding. Sometimes a UTI can cause some blood in your urine but it is usually not heavy. It is possible the symptoms felt like a UTI but were from some other cause.

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