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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

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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 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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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

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


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Flushing (Definition)

Flushing is a clinical finding in which blood rushes to an area of skin ...Read more