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Dr. Ira Friedlander
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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


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If I have a urinary tract infection - should I drink a lot of water?

If I have a urinary tract infection - should I drink a lot of water?

Yes: For a bladder infection, reducing the time your urine remains in the bladder will help to clear it up. So drink extra water and plan to go to the bathroom more often. Additional methods to kill the bacteria in the urine are usually needed - usually a short course of antibiotics. For urinary infections that are in the kidneys, a longer course of antibiotics is needed. ...Read more

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What to do if I have a urinary tract infection and my mom doesn't think its that serious so she won't take me to the doctor :c will it just go away on its own?

What to do if I have a urinary tract infection and my mom doesn't think its that serious so she won't take me to the doctor :c will it just go away on its own?

Who's infected?: If you have a urinary tract infection, get on the phone and make your own appointment. You can die from that stuff. If you are disabled and depend on your mother to get health care, and she is refusing, call the police. ...Read more

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I have a urinary tract infection, why did the doctor ask if I am sexually active?

I have a urinary tract infection, why did the doctor ask if I am sexually active?

Postcoital cystitis: Sometimes women experience urinay tract infections (UTI) as a direct result of sexual intercourse. Bacteria can be pushed into the urethra during sex, leading to increased risk for a uti. If your answer were yes to the dr.'s question, you may have been advised to void as soon as practical after sex. If it is a recurrent problem, you may be given an antibiotic to take after sex. ...Read more

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Hi Doctors. How do I know if I have a urinary tract infection?

Hi Doctors. How do I know if I have a urinary tract infection?

Urinalysis & culture: Most UTIs can be diagnosed by simple dipstick test & used by all primary care practitioners, urologists, gynecologists etc. Now available in many pharmacies. Reliable for most infections, although not accurate for some less common types of bacteria. Urine culture &/or microscopy are highly reliable for all UTIs, but needs to be laboratory or office tested. Symptoms often do not mean infection. ...Read more

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What to do if I have a urinary tract infection but no access to a doctor?

U shoudl have access: To an emergency room or urgent visit center, or a pharmacy u need to leave a urine sample that can be sent to the lab and the health care provider can get u started on antibiotics beofre the culture is back, many pharmacies have urgent txment areas that are staffed by nurse practioners. ...Read more

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Doctor is still waiting for the results of the swab and blood. What are the odds I have a urinary tract infection?

UTI: Sorry to hear about your problem. Given the information you sent all I can say is that the chances are not zero. I specialize in this and here for next 2hours. Lets talk. ...Read more

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What could this be a urinary tract infection again (5th in a year) and what can I do at nursing home until I see my doctor?

What could this be a urinary tract infection again (5th in a year) and what can I do at nursing home until I see my doctor?

Maybe/please clarify: This can happen as bacteria can ascend the urethra into your bladder, especially in women and in nursing homes, it may occur repeatedly. You might need low-dose, long-term antibiotic treatment. The standard antibiotic is trimethoprim-sulfamethoxazole or tmp-smx. You should let them know at the home and get a doctor to examine you and take a urine sample, then see your dr. And get treated asap. ...Read more

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How to treat a urinary tract infection? I'm a foreign male visiting a remote city of china where doctors can't speak english but pharmacies have meds.

See below...: This is a tough situation. Uti is rare in young men, and it's very possible that something else is going on. I highly recommend seeing a local doctor for an examination rather than attempting to treat yourself with drugs purchased at the pharmacy. You may be surprised and the doctor may speak english after all, or take a friend who can translate for you. Good luck! ...Read more

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I had a urinary tract infection and my doctor told me to avoid eating salty foods. I would like to know how salty foods cause urinary tract infection?

I had a urinary tract infection and my doctor told me to avoid eating salty foods. I would like to know how salty foods cause urinary tract infection?

Not the cause: Salty foods are not the cause of the UTI, but during treatment we encourage increased fluids to help flush out the bladder and decreased caffeine/salt (those can irritate the bladder) while taking antibiotics. ...Read more

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What do doctors do to take care of a urinary tract infection?

What do doctors do to take care of a urinary tract infection?

Antibiotics: A urinary tract infection is treated with antibiotics to which the infecting bacteria are susceptable. Uncomplicated bladder infections can be cured with 3 days of treatment while kidney infections need 14 days of treatment. More serious infections can be caused by abnormal urinary tract anatomy, function, or calculi which require diagnostic studies to evaluate. ...Read more

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How long can a urinary tract infection be left untreated before it will become dangerous? This is for a friend who won't see the doctor, and I worry.

How long can a urinary tract infection be left untreated before it will become dangerous? This is for a friend who won't see the doctor, and I worry.

Depends: Infection in the urinary bladder alone may not become dangerous even if left untreated. There is always a risk that infection could spread to the kidneys. If kidneys are infected, then it can become dangerous in a matter of hours or days, if there is obstruction to urine flow and the patient is diabetic. It is best to get treatment at the earliest. ...Read more

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When must a woman call her doctor if she thinks she has a urinary tract infection?

At that time: Because she needs to have her urine tested for infection and then started on antibiotics if she does in fact have a uti. ...Read more

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Hello Doctor. I am wondering if it is safe and effective to take a painkiller like Vicodin to help with the pain of a urinary tract infection. Thank you! ?

Hello Doctor. I am wondering if it is safe and effective to take a painkiller like Vicodin to help with the pain of a urinary tract infection. Thank you! ?

Vicodin: All medications have risk. It would be a low risk provided you use it as directed by your doctor. One may argue that you should be able to get away with a milder analgesic like tramadol or Tylenol (acetaminophen) & Codeine. ...Read more

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Should I take amoxil 500 mg after taking ciprofloxacin 500 mg for my urinary tract infection? I had a urinary tract infection so the doctor gave me ciprofloxacin 500 mg to take for 3 days. I took the last pill this morning, however, I feel like I still ha

Not unless sensitive: Best management of a UTI is for dr to get urine sample for culture & sensitivities before antiantibiotics are taken. Patient can start antibiotics as soon as sample is taken. Result will be ready in 48 hrs. And show which antibiotics will be effective against bacteria causing your uti. If bacteria are resistant, as yours are, an appropriate antibiotic can be selected, usually not amoxil (amoxicillin). ...Read more

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What's best used to take care of a urinary tract infection without a doctor?

You can't: You need antibiotics to cure a uti. You need a doctor to prescribe antibiotics. Ergo you can't. ...Read more

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Doctor I developed a urinary tract infection in penis head after masturbating do you think its internal infection and facing erec. Prob due to this?

See my renarks: Urinary infection- UTI-does not happen with self-stimulation, unless you "inserted something into the opening of penis"
UTI is manifested by burning, urgency, cloudy urine +/-
foul smelling urine.fever, .all of above or some.

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Gram negative bacilli found in urine? Does this mean a urinary tract infection? Doc didn't even mention it. I am urinating more frequently but no pain

Gram negative bacilli found in urine? Does this mean a urinary tract infection? Doc didn't even mention it. I am urinating more frequently but no pain

GNB: A urine microscopy showing GNB may not be infection and can be a contaminant. Suggest a clean catch urine be done and a urine culture of needed but done right. Sounds like you have no symptoms and this may not be an issue. ...Read more

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19f whenever I have sex, got an urinary tract infection. Female porn stars happy after 10y work. Super woman or better doctors! .?

19f whenever I have sex, got an urinary tract infection. Female porn stars happy after 10y work. Super woman or better doctors! .?

Urinate after: You should always urinate after intercourse, as it will help to flush out any rogue bacteria from your bladder. However, some women are more susceptible to utis than others, and you cannot compare yourself to a porn star. ...Read more

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Hello respected doctors I would like to ask that can roxithromycin be used to treat Urinary Tract infection????

Yes: Roxithromycin is a semi-synthetic antibiotic derived from erythromycin used to treat respiratory, urinary, and soft tissue infections. Hope this helps. ...Read more

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If an e coli urinary tract infection showed to be susceptive to norfloxacine, why did the doctor prescribed me ofloxacine, I feel its not working.

Similar drugs: These two meds are very similar and reasonable substitutes for each other. If treatment for a UTI does not result in improvement after several days then a reevaluation is warranted. ...Read more

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Can there be any way to treat urinary tract infection without seeing a doctor?

Yes and no: For successful treatment, antibiotics are usually needed. Sometimes, the symptoms respond to cranberry extracts, but that should be done in agreement with your doctor. Cystitis can become a kidney or systemic infection, and it should not be taken lightly. ...Read more

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My doctor proscribed me ciprofloxacin for my urinary tract infection. I have mononucleosis. Will this cause a rash?

My doctor proscribed me ciprofloxacin for my urinary tract infection. I have mononucleosis. Will this cause a rash?

Mono: Iyou may develop a rash, but it could be due to mono and not to Cipro (ciprofloxacin). Cipro (ciprofloxacin) is not known to cause a rash with mono ...Read more

Dr. Oscar Novick
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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


Dr. Abraham Jaskiel
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Urinary (Definition)

Any subject, be it anatomy, physiology, or object pertaining to urine. For example: urinary tract (anatomy), urinary catheter (object), urinary ...Read more