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If I have a urinary tract infection - should I drink a lot of water?

If I have a urinary tract infection - should I drink a lot of water?

Yes: For a bladder infection, reducing the time your urine remains in the bladder will help to clear it up. So drink extra water and plan to go to the bathroom more often. Additional methods to kill the bacteria in the urine are usually needed - usually a short course of antibiotics. For urinary infections that are in the kidneys, a longer course of antibiotics is needed. ...Read more

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Dr. Tanya Russo
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Infection (Definition)

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


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Sandy, gritty particals on toilet bowl w urine? Goes away once drinking water.don't drink alot daily. Urinary tract NML on CT.CMP nml. Dehydration?

Sandy, gritty particals on toilet bowl w urine? Goes away once drinking water.don't drink alot daily. Urinary tract NML on CT.CMP nml. Dehydration?

Interesting: Glad to hear that your CT and CMP are normal. Dehydration can cause crystals to come out of solution and come out as grit in the urine. It is important to obtain a simple urinalysis to evaluate your urine. If there are any abnormalities, such as blood or crystals, you should visit with a urologist. ...Read more

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Will a z-pak help urinary tract infection?

Will a z-pak help urinary tract infection?

No: A z-pak is used primarily for respiratory infections. The bacteria that cause most respiratory infections are completely different than those that cause the vast majority of utis. A z-pak will not work for a uti. ...Read more

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Can small children get a urinary tract infection?

Certainly: Uncircumcised boys occasionally get utis in ffirst year of life. Utis are quite common in little girls, with a peak around toilet training age (2 - 3 years). ! advise against using bubble-bath, and have little girls remove panties and pants and separate thighs widely to avoid labial trapping of urine. ...Read more

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Can raw garlic can help a urinary tract infection?

Can raw garlic can help a urinary tract infection?

Do not depend on it: It may or may not, but it is not a recognized form of treatment. If you have uti, see your doctor for effective antibiotic treatment so that you prevent damage to your kidneys. ...Read more

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Could one pick up a urinary tract infection from a toilet seat?

Could one pick up a urinary tract infection from a toilet seat?

Unlikely: About only way would be if someones stool or infected urine on a toilet seat ended up between a woman's labia. Hence unlikely. ...Read more

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Urinary tract infection, are there any effective home remedies?

Urinary tract infection, are there any effective home remedies?

Home UTI remedies: The best treatment of uti's are appropriate antibiotics which will kill the bacteria causing it. Drinking cranberry juice or taking 1 gram of vitamin c a day, both of which acidify the urine making it difficult for bacteria thrive there, have been used with very limited success. ...Read more

Dr. Scott Keith
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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


Dr. Dariush Saghafi
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Urinary (Definition)

Any subject, be it anatomy, physiology, or object pertaining to urine. For example: urinary tract (anatomy), urinary catheter (object), ...Read more