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How long does cloudy urine take to clear up after taking antibiotics for a UTI for 3 days? I've been drinking lots of water and cranberry juice.

How long does cloudy urine take to clear up after taking antibiotics for a UTI for 3 days? I've been drinking lots of water and cranberry juice.

Doesn't matter: Cloudy urine usually isn't due to infection but to variations in diet and fluid intake. It may not clear up at all. The important thing is whether UTI symptoms themselves are improving: painful or urgent urination, and so on. If so, the UTI is getting better. If not, contact your doctor. And by the way, cranberry doesn't treat or prevent UTI. Drink it if you like it, otherwise no need. ...Read more

Dr. James Chapman
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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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How long does it take to clear up a UTI/To stop seeing symptoms when you are on antibiotics? Just started it todo so still burns to pee a bit.

How long does it take to clear up a UTI/To stop seeing symptoms when you are on antibiotics? Just started it todo so still burns to pee a bit.

Varies: Sometimes symptoms resolve in 24 hrs, sometimes can take several days. This is determined by the degree of inflammation in the bladder lining in response to the infection, and by the sensitivity of the bacteria to the antibiotic. If symptoms aren't improving at all within 48-72 hrs, bacteria may be resistant to antibiotic, or there may be another cause for the symptoms. ...Read more

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How long until antibiotics clear up my uti?

How long until antibiotics clear up my uti?

Depends site of infe: It depends on site of infection and the antibiotics used. If the culture shows sensitivity to certain antibiotic for lowe UTI it takes 7to10 days for infection to clear. But if the infection is high up in kidneys (pyelonephritis)you may need longer course of antibiotics 2weeks or more to clear the infection. ...Read more

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How long will antibiotics take to work on a uti?

Usually within a day: If symptoms caused by a UTI such as burning or a cloudy or bloody appearance don't begin to improve by 2 or 3 days, there is a good chance that the antibiotic isn't working or the symptoms are do to something other than infection. ...Read more

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How long does it take the antibiotic to work for a uti?

How long does it take the antibiotic to work for a uti?

Hours to days: The antibiotic should begin to work - that is, kill bacteria - within hours. By a day or so, symptoms should be improving. Depending on how complicated the infection is and how long your course of antibiotics is for, it should be cleared within 3-14 days. ...Read more

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With antibiotics how long would it take for a UTI to go away?

UTI: Varies with the organism, type of UTI (lower vs. Upper tract, etc.), the antibiotic employed, the immune status of the patient and a variety of other factors. Symptomatically it should begin to resolve in 24-48 hours if the organism causing it is sensitive to the antibiotic used. ...Read more

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How long are u on antibiotics for a UTI untill it clears it up?

How long are u on antibiotics for a UTI untill it clears it up?

Depends site of infe: It depends on site of infection and the antibiotics used. If the culture shows sensitivity to certain antibiotic for lowe UTI it takes 7to10 days for infection to clear. But if the infection is high up in kidneys (pyelonephritis)you may need longer course of antibiotics 2weeks or more to clear the infection. ...Read more

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How long will it take for the pain in my back to go with antibiotics for a uti?

How long will it take for the pain in my back to go with antibiotics for a uti?

Usually soon: If the UTI is uncomplicated by nasty things such as kidney abscess, bladder abscess, incomplete drainage of urinary tract or, less likely, infection of spine and surrounding soft tissues, then pain should clear up within a few days of the infection being cured. ...Read more

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What to do if I just started antibiotics for a uti. How long does it take to work on the pain?

Varies 1 - 3 days: Provided antibiotics are effective against type of bacteria causing the uti. Hence, urologists always get a urine culture specimen before putting patient on an antibiotic in case UTI causing bacteria are resistant to the prescribed antibiotic. ...Read more

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Is there any way to cure a UTI without antibiotics? And how long does it take to cure in females?

Is there any way to cure a UTI without antibiotics? And how long does it take to cure in females?

Not likely: Highly unlikely to cure UTI without substances that kill bacterias. The treatment kills bacteria after a single dose if it is acute infection. If chronic UTI the treatment may last up to 2 weeks. ...Read more

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Started antibiotic for UTI today. How long will it take for pain to go away? It's extremely painful.

Started antibiotic for UTI today. How long will it take for pain to go away? It's extremely painful.

In a day.: If the appropriate antibiotic was chosen, you should start to feel better, with pain abating within 24 hours. If this doesn't happen, inform your prescribing physician. ...Read more

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I have been on antibiotic for 1 1/2 days for severe uti. How long does it take for antibiotics to work?

Within a day: Great question. Since uti's are painful, effective therapy can alleviate this symptom within a day. However, other symptoms, depending on the severity of infection, may take up to a week (fever, malaise) or so to abate (eg. Flank pain).If symptoms smolder, inform your prescriber immedately- antibiotics may need to be adjusted. Hopefully, a urine culture was intially done to guide antibiotic choice. ...Read more

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How long does it take to feel better after starting antibiotic for a UTI? I've taken 2 so far and don't feel better yet.

How long does it take to feel better after starting antibiotic for a UTI? I've taken 2 so far and don't feel better yet.

Give it some time.: We know that one dose of an appropriate antibiotic can sterilize the urine. But relief from symptoms of a urinary infection could take a couple of days. Give it a little more time - assuming the antibiotic choice is effective against the bacterium in question. ...Read more

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How long does it take antibiotics to cure a uti?

How long does it take antibiotics to cure a uti?

Thanks for asking!: If truly a simple, uncomplicated UTI (females)and have been placed on the appropriate antibiotic, 1-3 days of antibiotic will usually kill the bacteria though symptoms due to the inflammation may take longer. In men, 5-7 days of treatment more routine. ...Read more

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How long dose a UTI last how long can you take antibiotics for?

Here are some. ..: UTI-related voiding Sx such as burning and frequency will be quickly improved within 1-3 days and, most of cases, faded away completely in 5-7 days after taking effective antibiotics. But, occasionally, irritating voiding Sx may linger. If so, be reassessed so to define what may be the underlying cause. So, work with Doc and be checked out timely. ...Read more

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If you take antibiotics 3 days for a UTI how long does it take to go away?

Symptoms should be: Be gone and infection should be gone if it was designed to take for 3 days if u still have sxs please see your doc as it could have been resistant to the med and u may need a different one. ...Read more

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How can I get rid of a UTI without antibiotic? How long will it take to go away?

How can I get rid of a UTI without antibiotic? How long will it take to go away?

Water & cranberry.: Sometimes it's possible to clear an early mild bladder infection by drinking a lot of water and taking cranberry extract. But if the symptoms get worse or not better within 24 hours, seeking help to get a prescription is important to prevent complications like a kidney infection. ...Read more

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How long after taking antibiotics will the UTI go away? I only had to take 10 pills (2 a day)

How long after taking antibiotics will the UTI go away? I only had to take 10 pills (2 a day)

UTI: The symptoms of UTI such as frequency & urgency should go away with in the first couple of doses if you were given the correct antibiotic. Assuming you had urine test & a culture done & you were not just treated empirically.
Some times yeast infec can mimic a UTI.
if still having symptoms see your doc again for a repeat urine test & maybe an internal exam looking for Vag infec
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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


Dr. John Leander Po
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Antibiotic (Definition)

An antibiotic is a medicine that slows, stops, or kills germs. The germs are usually bacteria causing an infection in a person, so the person uses antibiotics to help his body get ...Read more