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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. Bernard Seif
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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

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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