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Dr. Sanjiv Kaul
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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. ...Read more

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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 ...Read more

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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. ...Read more

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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. ...Read more

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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 ...Read more

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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. .. ...Read more

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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. ...Read more

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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. ...Read more

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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 ...Read more

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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. ...Read more

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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. ...Read more

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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. ...Read more

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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. ...Read more

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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. ...Read more

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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. ...Read more

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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. ...Read more

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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. ...Read more

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Why would someone develop a strep b uti? What are some of the best antibiotics to treat it?

Why would someone develop a strep b uti? What are some of the best antibiotics to treat it?

Common: This is a bacteria that is very common in the vaginal canal. It is very easy for this to get into the urinary tract. Number of antibiotics can treat this including penicillins. ...Read more

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Is it safe to take antibiotics every day for 3 months to treat recurrent uti's?

Is it safe to take antibiotics every day for 3 months to treat recurrent uti's?

Usually yes: Although there are potential side effects from doing this you have to weigh it against having the recurrent infections and taking frequent shorter courses of antibiotic. I routinely place people on courses such as this for recurrent uti. By treating the disease your bladder can heal giving you back your natural defenses. Www. Peedoc. Com @thepeedoc. ...Read more

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UTI treated 4x since mid April. 1 wk antibiotics, told wait 1wk before repeat urine micro. 4x different antibiotics. Feels same UTI & getting worse.

UTI treated 4x since mid April. 1 wk antibiotics, told wait 1wk before repeat urine micro. 4x different antibiotics. Feels same UTI & getting worse.

Re-evaluated...: After failing to responding to 4 runs of antibiotics for UTI, now is time to be reassessed if you indeed have had UTI or have overactive bladder or chronic pelvic pain syndrome, etc. To get these related things for good care, follow steps/ instructions in http://formefirst. Com/eNewsletter06.html. Your inquiry denotes you're health-conscientious; to fulfill, to http://formefirst. Com/LifeFacts1.html ...Read more

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Hello. I'm female 25 years old. Last year I've been diagnosted having uti. I was treated with very powerful antibiotics. Later I made a test and the UTI disappeared. However, later I started to have very strong vaginal smell and very strong pain during

Hello. I'm female 25 years old. Last year I've been diagnosted having uti. I was treated with very powerful antibiotics. Later I made a test and the UTI disappeared. However, later I started to have very strong vaginal smell and very strong pain during

Vaginal infection: Unfortunately it's common to get a vaginal infection after taking antibiotics. You can prevent this by eating yogurt with cultured acidophilus or "good bacteria.". You should e evaluated by your physician for the baginal discharge an pain. ...Read more

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Does cipro (ciprofloxacin) antibiotics work for everyone to treat uti?

UTI Treatment: Cipro (ciprofloxacin) is an antibiotic commonly used to treat urinary tract infections. Sometimes you can have an infection with a bacteria that is resistant to Cipro (ciprofloxacin). Do not share your antibiotics and do take someone else's antibiotics. ...Read more

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35 yo non-preg wife has simple UTI started today. Require antibiotics to resolve, or can she treat with OTC and cranberry? Is there harm in trying?

Antibiotics are bett: Antibiotics are a better option in eliminating all the bacteria. Acidification of the urine through cranberry juice may help resolve symptoms but is not a sure method. Recommend use of antibiotics for her treatment. ...Read more

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Should I go to an er? Urgent care? Or just suck it up and wait until I have taken all of my antibiotic? I am being treated for a uti, the second one this month. This time, after 5 days of antibiotics, I still have quite a bit of pain. The burning and

Yes,: Yes, you should go to the er if you have failed your second antibiotic, which sounds like you have. Hopefully there were cultures taken of your urine so that they can find out which antibiotic works for you. Urinary tract infections can worsen and can cause kidney infection (pyelonephritis), with symptoms of increased pain, vomiting, or fever. ...Read more

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Are antibiotics targeted toward certain illnesses or do they generally fight off whatever infection is in your body? I am currently taking an antibiotic for a UTI and caught a cold, wondering if this medicine will fight it off at all or only treat the uti

Antibiotics,: Antibiotics, when prescribed appropriately, are targeted to specific illnesses. They're actually targeted to specific bacteria that we know are responsible for certain illnesses.

For example, most urinary tract infections are caused by a bacteria known as e. Coli, and we know that e. Coli is very sensitive to certain antibiotics. So when you suspect or know that someone has a uti, you would give them an antibiotic that is effective against e. Coli.

That same antibiotic probably wouldn't work so well for a skin infection, which we know are typically caused by staph bacteria. If someone has a skin infection, they may be given keflex, minocycline, or other drugs that are effective at killing staph. Minocycline will probably do the trick for a skin infection caused by staph, but it may not do much for an e. Coli urinary tract infection.

No antibiotic is going to treat a virus, which is what causes the typical cold. Sometimes cold symptoms are more than a viral illness, and could be representative of a bacterial bronchitis or pneumonia. And if that's the case, you'd want an antibiotic that not only kills the bugs that we know cause pneumonia, like strep. Pneumoniae, but also penetrates into the respiratory tract.

All this being said, most antibiotics are wide spectrum enough to be multi-purpose, but that's a scary though. Think about it this way, if you always use a nuclear bomb against a cockroach, someday that's not going to kill the cockroach. And where does that leave you?

The use of the most specific antibiotic for whatever bacterial infection is going on, typically leads to just as many cures, fewer side effects, and less emergence of resistant bacteria. We've only got so many antibiotics, and we're not developing new ones as quickly as we're burning through the old ones.

Next time a doctor suggests that you don't need an antibiotic, realize that he'd say the same thing to his wife, husband, son or daughter. ...Read more

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What do you do to treat pseudomonas repeated UTI and weakened immune system due to long term antibiotic use?

What do you do to treat pseudomonas repeated UTI and weakened immune system due to long term antibiotic use?

Repeat UTI's: I would suggest you see a urologist to arrive at a diagnosis of what is causing your having repeat uti's. One of the causes is an anatomical problem of your urinary system. You will need a renal ultrasound and perhaps a xray of your kidneys, ureters and bladder. Have your urine cultured to make sure your doctor is giving you an effective antibiotic. How do you know your immune system is weak? ...Read more

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I have a UTI and a yeast infection. Today is my last day of antibiotics. How long should I wait to treat the yeast infection?

Can treat: Immediately and wouldn't wait for it to become overwhelming. If topical otc ineffective after 2 days contact your doctor for oral antifungal. ...Read more

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Treated for UTI with 3 different types of antibiotics but I still have pains on side lower back. I got a Kidney ultrasound and no stones. Now what?

Treated for UTI with 3 different types of antibiotics but I still have pains on side lower back. I got a Kidney ultrasound and no stones. Now what?

Ask your doctor: Other things besides kidneys cause low back pain, however there must be something there and your doctor is pursuing it. Keep with him/her and keep pressing for an explanation. Good luck! ...Read more

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It is very easy gor me to get an UTI like drinking alot of water, juice or anything. What causes that? How can it be treated? Antibiotics don't work

It is very easy gor me to get an UTI like drinking alot of water, juice or anything. What causes that? How can it be treated? Antibiotics don't work

UTI?: Are You sure its an actual UTI if antibiotics aren't working, doesn't sound normal for you to get UTI from drinking water and or juices. ...Read more

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What can you do to treat urinary tract infections at home without antibiotics?

What can you do to treat urinary tract infections at home without antibiotics?

Drink fluids: To help flush the bladder. Sometimes the symptoms will go away. If they don't improve on a day or two, go see your health care provider. ...Read more

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How can you treat UTI infection naturally, without going to the doctor and receiving antibiotics?

How can you treat UTI infection naturally, without going to the doctor and receiving antibiotics?

There isn't anything: Reliable, but you can try drinking more fluids to help flush the bladder. Sometimes the symptoms will go away. If they don't improve on a day or two, go see your health care provider. ...Read more

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Urinary Tract Infections (Definition)

A urinary tract infection (often called UTI) is most commonly caused by bacteria and usually refers to an infection in the bladder. Not all bacteria that grows from the urine represents an infection, so the need for antibiotics is determined by your ...Read more


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Antibiotic (Definition)

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