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I was wondering what are some things you can do at home to ease the pain of bladder infection or urinary tract infection?

I was wondering what are some things you can do at home to ease the pain of bladder infection or urinary tract infection?

Are you taking: Antibiotics? I trust that you saw your doctor and have been prescribed proper antibiotics that you are taking. After that you need to drink plenty of water and you can take over the counter pain medication for pain relief. If the pain persists for more than a day or so, please contact your doctor.

Dr. Marcus Degraw
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Painful Urination (Definition)

Painful urination is the high end of urethral discomfort at voiding, which may result from UTI, STD-related urethritis, stone passage, aftereffect of transurethral procedures, but with widely variable expression & intensity reflecting personal tolerance & coping ability. So, interpreting it with ...Read more


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How long can a urinary tract infection be left untreated before it will become dangerous? This is for a friend who won't see the doctor, and I worry.

How long can a urinary tract infection be left untreated before it will become dangerous? This is for a friend who won't see the doctor, and I worry.

Depends: Infection in the urinary bladder alone may not become dangerous even if left untreated. There is always a risk that infection could spread to the kidneys. If kidneys are infected, then it can become dangerous in a matter of hours or days, if there is obstruction to urine flow and the patient is diabetic. It is best to get treatment at the earliest.

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Could you tell me how long it takes your urinary tract infection to reach the kidneys?

Could you tell me how long it takes your urinary tract infection to reach the kidneys?

Kidney infection: Kidney infection (pyelonephritis) generally causes fever, chills and very significant flank pain. One generally feels "sick". Bladder infection (cystitis) rarely causes systemic symptoms. Discomfort in the pelvic area and irritative voiding symptoms are typical. In general, a bladder infection should not ascend to the kidneys unless there is an anatomic abnormality with the ureters. (reflux).

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Can a urinary tract infection keep meth in your system longer?

Can a urinary tract infection keep meth in your system longer?

No: UTI cannot keep meth in your system longer. However, I would be remiss if I didn't suggest to you that you NOT DO METH! It is very bad for you. Hope this helps!

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My boyfried just got over a UTI (urinary tract infection). How long is it contagious?

My boyfried just got over a UTI (urinary tract infection). How long is it contagious?

Noncontagious unless: He has a gonoccal (gonorrhea) or chlamydial UTI. Most UTIs are due to E. coli bacteria or other gram -ve organisms which are not contagious.

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How long is it normal for a man wait to have sex after having a urinary tract infection?

How long is it normal for a man wait to have sex after having a urinary tract infection?

7 days: Men are unlikely to get a UTI in the fist place. I would take at least 7 days of antibiotics and be symptom free before having sex.

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How long would a person need to have a urinary tract infection before the infection spread to their blood stream?

Varies: That's a tough question to answer because everyone is different. An untreated UTI can ascend the ureters and involved the kidneys (pyelonephritis). This untreated can lead to sepsis (infection spread into blood). Timing can depend on many things such as anatomy, organisms involved as well as time that antibiotics are initiated.

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What to take for a urinary tract infection and for how long?

What to take for a urinary tract infection and for how long?

See your doctor: You need prescription medication for treatment of urinary infection and your doctor will advise you on the type of medication and duration of treatment.

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How long is it supposed to it take for a urinary tract infection to develop?

How long is it supposed to it take for a urinary tract infection to develop?

See below: Hours to days depending on the type and quantity of the organism and the overall health of the host.

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How long does it take a urinary tract infection to reach the kidneys?

Instantly ->few days: Bacteria can reach the kidneys almost instantly if the subject has vesico-ureteral reflux (urine backs up from bladder), or can take hours to days depending upon the bacteria. Some bacteria have tiny hair like projections (cilia) and can crawl through bladder vales and work their way up to the kidney. Sign of infection reaching the kidneys is when you develop back or flank pain.

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How long does it take for a UTI (urinary tract infection) to show positive on a urine culture?

How long does it take for a UTI (urinary tract infection) to show positive on a urine culture?

It may not!: A urinary tract infection is a clinical diagnosis, and doesn't necessarily hinge on a positive urine culture. However, typical bacteria associated with uti's will test positive within 24hr. Cultures help in choosing the most appropriate antibiotic.However, keep in mind some microbes cannot be cultured, or aren't routinely cultured (e.g. Ureaplasma, chlamydia) - but can be treated with antibiotics.

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How long does it take for the symptoms of a urinary tract infection to disappear?

36 -72 hours: Provided bacteria causing UTI are sensitive to the antibiotic prescribed. Hence advice to have a urine culture done when UTI is diagnosed to insure that you are on the correct antibiotic. Symptoms can persists for weeks or months if not on or on wrong antibiotic.

Dr. Krishna Kumar
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Infection (Definition)

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Dr. Ihab Ibrahim
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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