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How Do You Treat A Urinary Tract Infection
Antibiotics: Confirm UTI with urinalysis and get urine culture & sensitivities. Initiate course of antibiotics such as bactrim, Macrodantin or Cipro (ciprofloxacin) whilst awaiting culture report. Switch antibiotics if bacteria are resistant. Also advise liberal fluid intake, preferably water plus urinate every 2 - 3 hours. I also prescribe pyridium, if necessary, to relieve symptoms of burning on urination if severe. ...Read more
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
Resolves slpwly: An untreated urinary tract infection will usually eventually clear up on it's own. However, sometimes the infection will ascend to the kidneys (called pyelonephritis) which can damage the kidneys - and on rare occasion the infection can lead to sepsis and death if untreated. The benefit of treatment is a speedier resolution, with much less risk of complications. ...Read more
Antibiotics: In the bad old days, common bladder infections were one of the common causes of death, especially in young women. Today's antibiotics changed this, and drinking plenty of water and taking cranberry juice or capsules may help. Especially, find out whether you have a predisposing factor -- stone, diverticulum, malformation -- and see if this can be addressed. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Cannot recommend: No bonafide antibiotics are available over the counter. ...Read more
Fluid and cranberry : Serious urinary tract infections (UTI) require antibiotics. However, many people have asymptomatic utis or symptomatic ones that go away without intervention. If you drink plenty of fluid and have frequent urination to flush out bacteria and decrease urine stasis, it decreases the risk of infection. Cranberry juice has been shown to help decrease UTI as well, but not perfect. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Cranberry and fluid: Fluid hydration and frequent emptying of your bladder is the most important way to cure bladder infections at home. Cranberry concentrate pill will also help, acidifying the urine and preventing bacterial adherance to the bladder lining. If symptoms persist you should seek care from your doctor. ...Read more
How to treat a urinary tract infection? I'm a foreign male visiting a remote city of china where doctors can't speak english but pharmacies have meds.
See below...: This is a tough situation. Uti is rare in young men, and it's very possible that something else is going on. I highly recommend seeing a local doctor for an examination rather than attempting to treat yourself with drugs purchased at the pharmacy. You may be surprised and the doctor may speak english after all, or take a friend who can translate for you. Good luck! ...Read more
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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