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Does Doxycycline Treat Urinary Tract Infections
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
How can I naturally cure and treat urinary tract infections and avoid recurrence and frequent pain?
Stay hydrated: There is no sure-fire way to prevent uti's. Some things that may help include: don't wait too long (e.g. Not more than 3-4 hours) between urinations, empty the bladder soon after intercourse, and clean carefully after bowel movements. Although there are no research studies, these are commone sense things that may help reduce the incidence of uti's. ...Read more
Not really: Increase fluids and follow symptoms. If not improved in a couple of days, call your doctor as a short course of antibiotics is usually curative very quickly. ...Read more
Needs investigation: You need to consult your doctor to determine the reason for recurrent infections. An individual episode needs to be treated with prescription antibiotics. See this site for more info. http://www.mayoclinic.com/health/urinary-tract-infection/ds00286. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Will low calorie cranberry juice work as well as regular cranberry juice to help prevent/treat recurrent urinary tract infections?
About cranberry: Cranberry juice and extract is able to decrease urine infections with e.Coli bacteria b/c it interferes with the bacteria's mechanism for sticking to the bladder wall and 'climbing' up into the urinary tract. There are many other bacteria that cause urine infection, however, and cranberry has no effect on them. Without a urine culture, you will not know which type of bacteria are causing uti. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
Anatomy: The male and female urinary tract is different when it comes to anatomy. Females have shorter urethras than their male counterparts. A shorter urethra makes it easier for bacteria to travel up the urethra to the bladder. The urethra in a female is also closer to the rectum allowing for a shorter distance for bacteria to travel. This is why proper hygiene is recommended for females to prevent uti. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
Basic concepts-: Normally, the human urinary system is designed to 1) flow one way (i.e. Out) and 2) completely empty the bladder. Disrupting forward flow can cause "back wash" of urine(with bacteria) into the urethra (eg.Chronic catheter use, wiping improperly); if urine is left standing in the bladder (like an enlarged prostate, weak bladder, anatomical problem), then bacteria can grow and cause infection. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
Anatomy.: The urethra is the tube that connects the bladder to the exterior of the body. Women have a shorter urethra than males, so bacteria have easier access to the bladder. Also, female urethras are close in proximity to the anus and vulnerable to contamination by gut bacteria. Bacteria from the anal area, such as e. Coli, are a common cause of UTI in women, especially those who are sexually active. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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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