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Dr. Shari Jackson
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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


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Can you treat a UTI naturally without antibiotics? Is so how?

Can you treat a UTI naturally without antibiotics? Is so how?

Some anecdotal...: Some have claim for years that cranberry juice could help fight a UTI due to changes in your bladder tissue that do not allow bacteria to grow as they need to. However, there is no clear scientific prove of this. Many healthy people's bodies fight the infection on its own but that is impossible to predict so in order to avoid complications antibiotics are recommended if having symptoms of UTI.

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Are there any ways to treat a UTI at home? Without the use of antibiotics?

Are there any ways to treat a UTI at home? Without the use of antibiotics?

Not successfully: Antibiotics are needed to treat a true urinary tract infection. These are caused by bacteria and the bacteria must be killed. Home remedies such as cranberry use may make your more comfortable but won’t stop the infection

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I've been on antibiotics for a week to treat a uti. Now it is the last day and my urine however has not cleared up, could it be more than a uti?!

I've been on antibiotics for a week to treat a uti. Now it is the last day and my urine however has not cleared up, could it be more than a uti?!

UTI: Don't know what you mean by "has not cleared up", but if you really have a persistent UTI you may have upper tract infection, an organism that was resistant to the antibiotic you were taking, something besides a direct UTI (an inflammatory process adjacent to and secondarily inflaming the urinary tract), or other issue. See a urologist or touch base again with your pcp. Good luck and get better.

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I got a course of antibiotics 2 weeks ago to treat a UTI but now the symptoms are back but this time really bad and my abdomen is swole?

I got a course of antibiotics 2 weeks ago to treat a UTI but now the symptoms are back but this time really bad and my abdomen is swole?

Bugs came back: Ask your doctor to try to do a culture and sensitivity study since may have a uncommon bacteria or one resistant to antibiotics. Also consider if there is a reason for you to have the UTI. Hygiene, mechanical, sex factors, etc. Work with a health care professional and you should be fine.

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I am taking cephalaxin antibiotics to treat a UTI. Been taking 4 per day for 7 days but when I go to toilet after 30 secs I need to go again any ideas?

I am taking cephalaxin antibiotics to treat a UTI. Been taking 4 per day for 7 days but when I go to toilet after 30 secs I need to go again any ideas?

Check culture: If you have a sense of voiding right after urinating it is a sign that the bladder is irritated. It is important to make sure that the urine culture the diagnosed the infection showed that cephalexin is appropriate to treat the infection. Otherwise another med may be better. Phenazopyridine may be helpful to decrease irritation if cephalexin is ok. Talk to your doctor

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Can I begin taking the pill for the first time whilst on a round of antibiotics (to treat a UTI) or should I wait until antibiotic treatment ends?

Can I begin taking the pill for the first time whilst on a round of antibiotics (to treat a UTI) or should I wait until antibiotic treatment ends?

Here are some. ..: Most UTIs in females are uncomplicated, for which a 3-day course is usually sufficient, but for those with recurrence so-called honey-moon cystitis, a "self-testing - self-treatment" regimen can be implemented under professional supervision. More detail? See and ask Doc timely. Best wish. ..

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Do antibiotics made to treat a UTI throw off your menstrual cycle?

Do antibiotics made to treat a UTI throw off your menstrual cycle?

Possible but unusual: A short course of days to one week should not, but it could. Any missed period could mean pregnancy so get checked.

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I finished antibiotics to treat a UTI four days ago. Those antibiotics caused my hemorrhoid to flare and now I have tender nodes on that side of groin. What could be causing the tender nodes?

Infection: Usually enlarged inguinal nodes are due to a vaginal or vulvar infection. The tender nodes are not typically due to a hemorrhoid flare. Do you have any unusual vaginal discharge, genital 'lumps or bumps' or rashes? Ongoing. Urinary symptoms? If the tender nodes persist > 5-7 days, please see your doctor to get this checked out.

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Been sick for over a week with a dry/wet cough, very runny nose, and no apparent fever. OTC cold medicine has not worked, and I'm currently on antibiotics to treat a UTI (Bactrim I believe). I'm pretty sure this is more than just a cold, seeing how nothin

Been sick for over a week with a dry/wet cough, very runny nose, and no apparent fever. OTC cold medicine has not worked, and I'm currently on antibiotics to treat a UTI (Bactrim I believe). I'm pretty sure this is more than just a cold, seeing how nothin

See a doctor: You might need to see a doctor it could be a viral, allergy, or bacterial the physician will evaluate you and treat you properly you can use our virtual consult, live consult with one of our physician face to face and they can prescribed what is appropriate for you good luck

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Vaginal bleeding for two weeks, severe cramps I am 19 years old, been taking birth control for the past year, sexually active, and took antibiotics february 7th through the 14th to treat a uti. Starting on february 11th, I have had light to moderate bleed

Vaginal bleeding for two weeks, severe cramps I am 19 years old, been taking birth control for the past year, sexually active, and took antibiotics february 7th through the 14th to treat a uti. Starting on february 11th, I have had light to moderate bleed

You: You need to be seen immediately for this and evaluated. Bloody discharge with tissue, cramping, and pain are very concerning symptoms. Even though you are bleeding you should have a pregnancy test to rule out ectopic (tubal) pregnanc), and you should be tested for ongoing infection. Since you are having pain and bleeding you need to be seen immediately as an emergency.

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I keep getting utis. Can it be treated without using antibiotics?

I keep getting utis. Can it be treated without using antibiotics?

Yes no: First thing you do is to drink plenty of fluids. It may help your symptoms of uti. You need to see a doctor to make sure that you do have UTI by having a urine culture done, if the urine culture is positive then you must take antebiotics however in many cases there are symptoms of UTI but the culture is negative then you don't have to take any antibiotics.

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How is a UTI treated without antibiotics?

How is a UTI treated without antibiotics?

Use antibiotics: I am sure that every UTI throughout history was not treated with antibiotics and somehow we survive. The risk of not treating is substantial as kidneys can be damaged permanently or infection can spread to the blood making us critically ill. Cranberry juice and increased fluids may help but get on antibiotics when you really need them, like with a uti.

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I got a UTI a couple months ago and I have one again. Can I use the same antibiotics I took to treat this one?

I got a UTI a couple months ago and I have one again. Can I use the same antibiotics I took to treat this one?

Antibiotics: You should not have any antibiotics left from the previous episode. It is important to take the medications exactly as directed otherwise the infection may not be adequately treated leading to a repeat infection. This may the case here now.

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Had 7 courses of antibiotics in 8 weeks to treat UTI none of which have worked? Are all these antibiotics damaging my body?

Had 7 courses of antibiotics in 8 weeks to treat UTI none of which have worked? Are all these antibiotics damaging my body?

Probably not a UTI: If repeated course of antibiotics have not relieved the symptoms then it may not be a UTI or there may be a reason why the infection is hard to treat. You should consult with a Urogynecologist or female urologist. I hope this helps.

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Can I treat myself for a UTI with antibiotics if I knwo the procedures from someone who has been treated with the same already?

No: You should not and cannot prescribe antibiotics to yourself. A physician has to do this. Also, the doctor has to actually diagnose you with a urinary tract infection. Different antibiotics kill different kinds of bacteria. So a physician will be able to help determine what kind of antibiotic is appropriate.

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I was treated for UTI a week ago and was prescribed antibiotics. I have completed the medication and I still have a uti. What should I do.?

I was treated for UTI a week ago and was prescribed antibiotics. I have completed the medication and I still have a uti. What should I do.?

New treatment: When someone still has the same kinds of UTI sx (fever, burning, frequency, etc) after treatment, then they probably should go back to the doctor. Sometimes the bacteria are resistant to the antibiotic and a different antibiotic is needed. Sometimes the doctor will send out the urine for culture to help guide antibiotic choice. Hope you feel better soon.

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I had uti 6 weeks ago and was treated with antibiotics, today tested positive for another uti I do not want to take another antibiotic, other options?

I had uti 6 weeks ago and was treated with antibiotics, today tested positive for another uti I do not want to take another antibiotic, other options?

Needs an antibiotic: All UTIs should be treated with antibiotics. There are no safe non-antibiotic or self treatments: the risk of a dangerous complication of UTI is far higher than an antibiotic problem. Probably this UTI should be treated with a different antibiotic than the previous one. Ask your doctor about having a culture test and, if positive, testing to see for sure which antibiotic will work best.

Dr. James Lin
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