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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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Dr. Martin Raff
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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


Dr. John Leander Po
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Antibiotic (Definition)

An antibiotic is a medicine that slows, stops, or kills germs. The germs are usually bacteria causing an infection in a person, so the person uses antibiotics to help his body get ...Read more