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Does drinking a gallon of water a day flush out a uti?

Does drinking a gallon of water a day flush out a uti?

No: Urine infection generally needs antibiotics. Bladder infection or cystitis may reslove spontaneously. Drinking water may alleviate some discomfort, not necessary to drink excess water. ...Read more

Dr. Harinder Gill
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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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I have a burning sensation when I pee. I drink a gallon of water a day can I still get a uti?

Yes: Drinking lots of water does not prevent all UTI's. Burning with urination is a common symptom of UTI, but the burning could have other causes. Best to see your doctor for examination and appropriate tests ...Read more

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Seeing UTI symptoms, if I start drinking lots of water can that flush it out?

Seeing UTI symptoms, if I start drinking lots of water can that flush it out?

UTI: A UTI should be treated by a doctor with antibiotics. Although fluids my be helpful, the cure is obtained by seeing your doctor and getting antibiotics. ...Read more

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Tonight is the superbowl and id like to havea few beers. Have a UTI and not on meds. Doctor appt on tues. Can I drink? If so can I flush with water after?

Tonight is the superbowl and id like to havea few beers. Have a UTI and not on meds. Doctor appt on tues. Can I drink? If so can I flush with water after?

Alcohol will not: Help or worsen your uti, but left untreated (if in fact your self-diagnosis is correct) you might really be sick by tuesday. Staying hydrated is good if you have symptoms of uti, but don't overdo it or you decrease your body's ability to fight the infection. "flushing" with water is not going to do anything but rehydrate you, and that's ok, but shouldn't be considered enabling your alcohol use! ...Read more

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Are you more likely to get a UTI if you don't drink a lot of water. I am lucky if I drink 2 glasses of water a day.

Are you more likely to get a UTI if you don't drink a lot of water. I am lucky if I drink 2 glasses of water a day.

Push right fluids: Although no good controlled studies show fluid intake reduces UTI risk it's postulated yes (must be right fluid; not carbonated/ caffeinated /high sugar):1. Incr'd urine output (uo) dilutes bladder bacteria 2. Incr'd uo washes bacteria out/cleans lining 3. Incr frequency shrinks bladder decr'g surface area where bacteria thrive 4. Maintains optimal ph. Fluid restriction in women incr's UTI rate. ...Read more

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I am a 48 yo female. I have wet the bed twice over the past 2 months. I don't feel any of the symptoms of a UTI and I drink water all day. Any ideas?

I am a 48 yo female. I have wet the bed twice over the past 2 months. I don't feel any of the symptoms of a UTI and I drink water all day. Any ideas?

More info needed: How late in the evening do you drink fluid? You may want to limit your intake for several hours before bed. Also, do you have frequency or urgency during the day? Do you have loss of urine at other times? You may need to see your doc for further evaluation and treatment. ...Read more

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I had my urine checked for uti, no infection, but dr said it was concentrated. I drink at least 2 liters of water a day.?

I had my urine checked for uti, no infection, but dr said it was concentrated. I drink at least 2 liters of water a day.?

Concentrated urine: The 'spec gravity' is a measure of the concentration of excreted molecules in your urine, and your doc was probably commenting on this. Urine dips aren't perfect -there's some variability with how you read the result. So when I see a slightly high spec grav in an otherwise healthy person with no kidney problems, I'm not overly alarmed. You can get a urinalysis to verify. ...Read more

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Two days ago 3rd day of period when I would pee it would sting but after drinking a ton of water and taking cranberry pills the stinging stopped after 2 days. Is it a uti?

Two days ago 3rd day of period when I would pee it would sting but after drinking a ton of water and taking cranberry pills the stinging stopped after 2 days. Is it a uti?

Need urinalysis: To know for certain whether or not you have an active UTI. Good sign that it no longer stings when you urinate. Please note that cranberry juice isn't treatment for UTIs, it is a preventative for developing UTIs by inhibiting adherence of bacteria to bladder lining ...Read more

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Does drinking alot of water finish uti??

Does drinking alot of water finish uti??

Drinking water helps: Basically, U need to take antibiotics to get rid of a UTI as quickly as possible. Drinking lot of water helps to flush out bacteria causing infection, making U urinate more often. Bacteria reproduce as frequently by doubling their number every 20 - 30 minutes & urinating removes bacteria which aren't sticking to bladder wall. Bacteria on bladder wall require antibiotic treatment. So it helps ...Read more

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What are my chances of getting a worse UTI if I leave a potential one untreated but drink lots of water?

What are my chances of getting a worse UTI if I leave a potential one untreated but drink lots of water?

UTI treatment: Water does not kill the bacterium causing a UTI, antibiotics will. See a physician, have your urine cultured and get started on an antibiotic. ...Read more

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Whenever I don't drink a ton of water I feel like I have a UTI but test negative. What could cause this?

Whenever I don't drink a ton of water I feel like I have a UTI but test negative. What could cause this?

Excessive water: Excessive water intake, leading to excessive urination. If tests are negative you do NOT have UTI. You should reduce water intake to a normal level slowly NOT abruptly and the symptoms may go away ...Read more

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Can too much masturbation cause utis, I drink a lot of water?

Can too much masturbation cause utis, I drink a lot of water?

Possibly: Any sexual activity can cause the possibility of bacteria getting pushed up the urethra into the bladder thus causing a urinary tract infection. Prevention includes drinking enough fluids until the urine is clear, urinating after sexual activity, proper cleaning hygiene, 8oz cranberry juice daily (but in some people can worsen urinary tract symptoms), probiotics, d-mannose supplements, ...Read more

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Had a UTI but the burning is gone after 4 days and I'm drinking lots of water. Is it okay to assume it's going away on its own?

Had a UTI but the burning is gone after 4 days and I'm drinking lots of water. Is it okay to assume it's going away on its own?

No, not safe: Most UTIs will indeed clear on their own, without treatment. But some do not, even if symptoms clear up. If you go forward with an asymptomatic infection, you'll be at risk for flare-up at any time, perhaps including pyelonephritis (kidney infection). Discuss with your doctor. ...Read more

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What do you suggest if I seem to get utis every now and then. I try to drink plenty water. Can too much masturbation cause utis?

What do you suggest if I seem to get utis every now and then. I try to drink plenty water. Can too much masturbation cause utis?

Proven infection?: Masturbation does not cause urinary infection. Frequent masturbation however may irritate the genitalia and lead to discomfort with urination. A urine culture will verify whether or not you are actually having infection. Have your urine tested appropriately with your doctor to guide proper therapy and treatment. ...Read more

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For a month now, whenever I drink anything other than water I get slight UTI symptoms. But when I drink only water again they go away.?

For a month now, whenever I drink anything other than water I get slight UTI symptoms. But when I drink only water again they go away.?

UTi symptoms: May be allergy to fructose, or food coloring. Do any solid foods cause this? Would get UA and check for infection when occurs, may be interstitial cystitis or a vaginitis where you can have UTI symptoms (usually more at the end of stream-can be from mycoplasma ureoplasma, yeast BV) though infection less likely if resolves quickly and irritation more likely. F/U with urogynecologist ...Read more

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Can UTI cause backpain? And how many cups of water should I be drinking?

Can UTI cause backpain? And how many cups of water should I be drinking?

Yes: Uti's that involve the kidney famously cause flank pain and tenderness. Drink plenty of water and take whatever other rx's your physician gave you. Return if it's not working. ...Read more

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I have had a UTI for 12 days. I'm drinking lots of water and cranberry juice. Any suggestions?

Water is good.: Are you taking antibiotics? Cranberry is used as a preventative - not a treatment for UTI. Cranberries contain proanthyocyanidins (PACs) which can help to prevent urinary tract infections (UTI's) in women with recurrent UTI's. They are also reported to have antioxidant, anti-inflammatory & anti-carcinogenic effects. ...Read more

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I think I have a UTI because my urine has a really bad smell, will it go away by drinking just water or what else can I do?

I think I have a UTI because my urine has a really bad smell, will it go away by drinking just water or what else can I do?

Yes...: ...Bladder infections, or cystitis, will resolve with time and drinking plenty of fluids. The risk of not using antibiotics is the symptoms and course of the infection will be longer and the infection could progress to cause fever, involve the kidney, or spread into the blood stream (sepsis). If the only symptom is foul smell, it is safe to try a course of time and fluids. ...Read more

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I shower everyday but I seem to get utis every now and then. I try to drink plenty water. Could it be because of too much masturbation?

I shower everyday but I seem to get utis every now and then. I try to drink plenty water. Could it be because of too much masturbation?

Different: Usally pills are pescribed to relax the bladder. There are a number of them but all fall in 2 groups: antimuscarinic group and beta 3 adrenergic receptor agonists. Less commonly botox is injected in the bladder wall. Rarely surgery using bowel to enlarge the bladder. Best wishes. ...Read more

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Had mild UTI symptoms. After indulging on cranberries, garlic & drinking plenty of water my symptoms went away. Should I still see a DR?

It depends...: UTIs are not effectively treated by cranberries, garlic, or increased fluids. Symptoms may be improved on account of drinking lots of water, and UTI's can clear up pretty quickly on their own. Other problems (e.g. certain STDs) can cause symptoms similar to UTI. See a doctor if the symptoms return or if you remain uncertain, or if you think you may be at risk for STD. ...Read more

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What do you advise if I shower everyday but I seem to get utis every now and then. I try to drink plenty water. Can too much masturbation cause utis?

What do you advise if I shower everyday but I seem to get utis every now and then. I try to drink plenty water. Can too much masturbation cause utis?

Here are some...: Have your UTIs been properly documented with detailed history + timely physical exam + timely & properly done urinalysis +/- urine culture? If yes, how soon have you responded to antibiotics treatment? If discomfort has been always after masturbation, how long did it last? All these are needed to deduce right diagnosis. Care. How to do correctly? To http://www. Formefirst. Com/onUTI. Html. Best wish.. ...Read more

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I have a UTI almost everytime after unprotected sex. I don't drink anything besides water and it is very painful to keep dealing with this. What to do?

I have a UTI almost everytime after unprotected sex. I don't drink anything besides water and it is very painful to keep dealing with this. What to do?

Common issue: Empty your bladder as soon as possible after having sex - that may help. If the problem persists, see your doctor to ask for a prophylactic antibiotic to take each time you have sex. ...Read more

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My daughter feels like a UTI might be starting. Aside from drinking water, is there anything preventative to do?

My daughter feels like a UTI might be starting. Aside from drinking water, is there anything preventative to do?

Cranberry juice: You can try cranberry juice, but ultimately she should have her urine tested to see if bacteria is present as an antibiotic would then be the most appropriate treatment. ...Read more

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I don't have a UTI and I drink a lot of water the my urine is dark and extremely smelly?

I don't have a UTI and I drink a lot of water the my urine is dark and extremely smelly?

Dark, smelly urine: Get a urine analysis (ua). It is used as a screening and/or diagnostic tool because it can help detect substances or cellular material in the urine associated with different metabolic and kidney disorders. Ua's are ordered routinely to detect any abnormalities that require follow up. It can detect protein or glucose in the urine before people are aware of a problem. Get a ua for your answer. ...Read more

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Drinking cranberry juice help prevent UTI? Does drinking lots of water help prevent?

Drinking cranberry juice help prevent UTI? Does drinking lots of water help prevent?

Water/juice: Both will help but certainly NOT cure nor prevent UTI. Once diagnosed with uTI- antibiotics are the the drugs of choice. ...Read more

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Drinking cranberry juice and water will get rid of uti?

Drinking cranberry juice and water will get rid of uti?

Water & antibiotics: Cranberry juice can sometimes help with prevention - not with treatment. Cranberry juice can help to prevent urinary tract infections (UTI's) in women with recurrent UTI's because of the proanthyocyanidins (PACs) it contains. ...Read more

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Hi, I have had pain while urinating for the past week. Not a UTI or sti. What else could this be? It feels slightly better if I drink a lot of water.

Hi, I have had pain while urinating for the past week. Not a UTI or sti. What else could this be? It feels slightly better if I drink a lot of water.

Other infection: This is uncertain without an exam. Hopefully they ruled out other vaginal infections such as yeast and bv. Consider other irritants such as detergents, gyn products, etc. ...Read more

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Can drinking a lot of water clear up a UTI or bladder infection?

Can drinking a lot of water clear up a UTI or bladder infection?

It can help: It can help, but likely will still need a course of antibiotics; drinking a lot of water will help prevent recurrences;. ...Read more

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I’ve been drinking a lot of water, and even after I stop to urinate, I still have to go. I have no symptoms of a UTI besides that. What do I do?

I’ve been drinking a lot of water, and even after I stop to urinate, I still have to go. I have no symptoms of a UTI besides that. What do I do?

Urinary frequency: Urinary frequency, especially in small amounts with or without burning can signify an urinary bladder infection. If you are voiding large amounts of urine each time, it may be due to excessive fluid intake in which case you would also have to void after bedtime once or twice. Reduce fluid intake to a quart per 24 hours. If symptoms persist see your physician for testing for infection, diabetes, et ...Read more

Dr. James Lin
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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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