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Dr. Eric Weisman
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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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Over the past 10 months I've had to take 5-7 rounds of antibiotics for uti symptoms including bleeding at times. Should I be worried about cancer?

Over the past 10 months I've had to take 5-7 rounds of antibiotics for uti symptoms including bleeding at times. Should I be worried about cancer?

Not yet.: You need to be worried about what is causing your frequent uti's. See a urologist. Avoid fragrances and harsh soaps in clothing like underwear, that touches your urethra and avoid trauma to the area (like thongs, over-scrubbing, tight clothes or anything that rubs there frequently. Cotton fabric near urethra's best. ...Read more

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Getting utis that come back after couple of weeks on antibiotics got so bad 9/10 times in incontent. I also have to push it out and go very often?

Getting utis that come back after couple of weeks on antibiotics got so bad 9/10 times in incontent. I also have to push it out and go very often?

Need Urologic workUP: Recurrent UTIs as described by you symptomatic and recurring after couple of weeks at age 23 needs a complete urological work up including imaging of whole urinary tract with CAT Scan and if indicated may need Cystoscopy
Consult a Urologist
Good Luck ...Read more

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I'm on vacation in miami for another week and have onset of uti. I've gotten it many times before, but don't have my antibiotics with me. What to do?

I'm on vacation in miami for another week and have onset of uti. I've gotten it many times before, but don't have my antibiotics with me. What to do?

Rx only: In the US the antibiotics are available by prescription only. You should see a doctor to get the proper diagnosis and treatment. Many urgent care clinic are available on Sunday in Miami. Do not take any medication from a friend or street vendor.
Hope it helps. ...Read more

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Ihv UTI problem n arises several times m taking antibiotic cifloquin 500. Hw can it b cured and can it be transmitted sexually? What is ecolibacteria?

Ihv UTI problem n arises several times m taking antibiotic cifloquin 500. Hw can it b cured and can it be transmitted sexually? What is ecolibacteria?

Urine culture: E coli is one of the most common bacteria that can lead to urinary tract infections. Antibiotics is the correct treatment. It is important to have a urine culture done which can show whether or not the bacteria is sensitive to the particular antibiotic being used. If so and the infection continues to occur then the next step is to see a urologist. ...Read more

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Is it safe to take antibiotics every day for 3 months to treat recurrent uti's?

Is it safe to take antibiotics every day for 3 months to treat recurrent uti's?

Usually yes: Although there are potential side effects from doing this you have to weigh it against having the recurrent infections and taking frequent shorter courses of antibiotic. I routinely place people on courses such as this for recurrent uti. By treating the disease your bladder can heal giving you back your natural defenses. Www. Peedoc. Com @thepeedoc. ...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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I had a very bad reaction to last antibiotic for UTI. Trying d-mannose instead this time. How much should I take a day to rid? 12hrs, no relief yet.

I had a very bad reaction to last antibiotic for UTI. Trying d-mannose instead this time. How much should I take a day to rid? 12hrs, no relief yet.

Not a good idea: D-Mannose works for some as UTI preventative by inhibiting attatchment of bacteria to bladder wall. There are plenty of different antibiotics to treat UTIs. Just avoid the one that caused such a bad reaction. Good Luck ...Read more

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Neg for gon/chlam 3 times as well as trich, hiv, syph, and uti. I suspect myco/ureaplasma. What is the best antibiotic course? No tests where I live..

Neg for gon/chlam 3 times as well as trich, hiv, syph, and uti. I suspect myco/ureaplasma. What is the best antibiotic course? No tests where I live..

NGU?: Ureaplasma is normal in the genital tract. So are most mycoplasmas, except M. genitalium. There are no approved tests in the US, but CDC has guidelines for Rx of NGU and M gen if doxycycline or azithromycin don't work. However, the symptoms you list as "conditions" are not those of continuing NGU if you don't have urethral discharge. Best to see an STD or infectious disease specialist. ...Read more

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On 4th day of antibiotics for uti, still have some burning after peeing and the urge to urinate. How long does it take to go away?

UTI treatment: Uncomplcated urinary tract infections in young women are usually easily eradicated. With some antibiotics like cipro, (ciprofloxacin) signs and symptoms disappear in a day or two. With sulfa type medications treatment may take much longer to clear the infection. ...Read more

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Hi, I was on antibiotics for UTI after we tried for two times during my fertility period, and now I think I'm pregnant, will it affect the baby?

Hi, I was on antibiotics for UTI after we tried for two times during my fertility period, and now I think I'm pregnant, will it affect the baby?

Unlikely: Most antibiotics are safe. Check the names of the antibiotics out with your doctor to confirm this. All the best. ...Read more

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2 diflucan (fluconazole) pills for yeast I took them one day apart I'm still taking antibiotics for a uti idk if I was suppose to take the yeast pills a week apart?

Varies: One current common regimen for Diflucan (fluconazole) when treating a vaginal yeast infection is to take one pill every other day for 3 days - that works about 98% of the time. Two pills one day apart will still work over 80% of the time. Even one pill works about 70% of the time. If you are still taking antibiotics, you may need to repeat the Diflucan (fluconazole) after completing the course of antibiotics. ...Read more

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Can I drink alcohol while taking Nitrofurantoin 100mg for a UTI? I wanna drink this weekend and my last day to take this antibiotic is Saturday.

Can I drink alcohol while taking Nitrofurantoin 100mg for a UTI? I wanna drink this weekend and my last day to take this antibiotic is Saturday.

No contraindication: However, since alcohol use may be associated with sexual disinhibition, and "athletic" or vigorous sexual activity is associated with UTI's in women, would exercise caution on that front. Alcohol does reduce our body's immune response to infections, and does have some interactions with some antibiotics (taking it with Flagyl can be dangerous), there is no problem with nitrofurantoin. ...Read more

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I'm on last day of antibiotic treatment for a UTI I took one this morning and will take my last bactrim (sulfamethoxazole and trimethoprim) later could I have sex?

I'm on last day of antibiotic treatment for a UTI I took one this morning and will take my last bactrim (sulfamethoxazole and trimethoprim) later could I have sex?

Probably safe: You might want to mention it to the doctor treating you but especially if you keep it "clean" (literally) and gentle, it should be okay. Wash gently w/ warm non-irritating cloth. Enjoy. ...Read more

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