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Are there official recommendations for treating bladder infections?

Are there official recommendations for treating bladder infections?

Antibiotics / fluids: The usual treatment for a bladder infection is antibiotics (most often oral) and increased oral fluid intake. A urine culture is often obtained before initiating antibiotics. When the culture result is available, it can confirm the infection and confirm that the antibiotic prescribed is appropriate - or guide the change to an effective antibiotic for the particular bacteria causing the infection. ...Read more

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Bladder (Definition)

The bladder is a muscular organ in the pelvis that accepts urine from the kidneys, stores the urine at low pressure, & expels the urine during voluntary voiding. Though seemingly a simple reservoir, the bladder is a complex organ intricately connected with the brain and spinal cord with sensory, motor, and autonomic circuits. The muscular layer that contracts during voids ...Read more


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How long does a bladder infection take to go away?

How long does a bladder infection take to go away?

3 days: By 3 days a bladder infection should be gone. If it persists, you may be infected with a highly resistant organism, have a kidney stone, prostatitis, interstitial cystitis, or a sexually transmitted disease. ...Read more

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Bladder problems (Tip)

Bladder problems

Patients suffering from overactive bladder usually can’t sit through a complete movie. ...See more

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Treating a Bladder Infection (Checklist)

Ask your doctor about taking an antibiotic or a urine test
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Drink plenty of fluids to help dilute the urine and flush the bladder
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Avoid irritating fluids and food: caffeine, citrus, alcohol, spicy
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Take an over-the-counter analgesic for pain and to soothe bladder
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What are the symptoms of bladder infections usually?

What are the symptoms of bladder infections usually?

Several symptoms. : The most common symptoms of a bladder infection are pain with urination, low abdominal and pain, frequent urination with occasional sensations of urgency. There is sometimes blood in the urine, and in severe cases, fever and flank pain if the kidney is involved. If you think you have an infection, see your physician who can test your urine and recommend treatment. ...Read more

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Bladder problems (Tip)

Bladder problems

If you have the urge to urinate with very little warning time, you may have overactive bladder. ...See more

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Living with Overactive Bladder (OAB) (Checklist)

Find a good urologist for proper evaluation, diagnosis, and treatment
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Manage your intake of fluids: neither too much nor too little
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Avoid or limit caffeine (coffee, tea, soda) and alcohol
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Identify what foods and fluids bother your bladder and avoid them
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Diagnosed with bladder infection; 5-6 weeks pregnant; severe abdominal pain and vomiting. Should I go back to the ER if my symptoms haven't resolved?

Diagnosed with bladder infection; 5-6 weeks pregnant; severe abdominal pain and vomiting. Should I go back to the ER if my symptoms haven't resolved?

Yes, or contact MD: Two possibilities based on your brief description, both of reach require either a call to your doctor or a visit to the ER. 1) you may have a kidney infection (fever/chills, back/flank/abdominal pain, nausea/vomiting) which likely would require a change in your current UTI treatment; or 2) you have an entirely different problem causing your symptoms requiring further evaluation and tests for a dx. ...Read more

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Is there a best test. For bladder infection?

Is there a best test. For bladder infection?

Urine culture.: The best test for a bladder infection is a urine culture and sensitivity test. This is performed on a sample of urine & the results come back in 3-5 days. This gives the most important information including the type of bacteria & which antibiotics are effective. Other urine dipstick tests, urinalysis, & clinical history give supporting evidence, but are not as sensitive or specific. ...Read more

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Infection (Definition)

Infections are invasions of some other organism (fungus, bacteria, parasite) or viruses into places where they do not belong. For instance, we have normal gut bacteria that live within us without causing problems; however, when those penetrate the bowel wall and enter the bloodstream, ...Read more


Urinary Tract Infection (Definition)

A urinary tract infection, also known as an UTI, may involve the kidney, ureter, bladder, or urethra. A common cause is an intestinal bacteria, E. coli. Common symptoms include a frequent urge to urinate, and pain or burning when urinating. Antibiotics are typically ...Read more