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Dr. William Harris
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Bladder Infection (Overview)

Bladder infection is also known as Urinary tract infection. Cystitis is a condition where there is an inflammation or infection of the bladder. It is commonly caused by a urinary tract infection, and is often associated with pain during urination or sexual intercourse, and/or with cloudy urine.


Dr. Dennis Higginbotham
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Are there official recommendations for treating bladder infections?

Dr. Dennis Higginbotham
Board Certified, Obstetrics and Gynecology
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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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Dr. William Harris
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Bladder Infection (Overview)

Bladder infection is also known as Urinary tract infection. Cystitis is a condition where there is an inflammation or infection of the bladder. It is commonly caused by a urinary tract infection, and is often associated with pain during urination or sexual intercourse, and/or with cloudy urine.


Dr. James Pritsiolas
Board Certified, Nephrology and Dialysis
17 years in practice
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How long does a bladder infection take to go away?

Dr. James Pritsiolas
Board Certified, Nephrology and Dialysis
17 years in practice
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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
Once
Drink plenty of fluids to help dilute the urine and flush the bladder
Daily
Avoid irritating fluids and food: caffeine, citrus, alcohol, spicy
Daily
Take an over-the-counter analgesic for pain and to soothe bladder
Daily
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Dr. Simon Kimm
Board Certified, Urology
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What are the symptoms of bladder infections usually?

Dr. Simon Kimm
Board Certified, Urology
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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

Overactive bladder prevalence increases with age & the number of men affected is the same as women. ...See more

Dr. Gregory Lewis
Board Certified, Urology
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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?

Dr. Gregory Lewis
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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?

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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Dr. Simon Kimm
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Is there a best test. For bladder infection?

Dr. Simon Kimm
Board Certified, Urology
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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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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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