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How To Cure A Urinary Tract Infection
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
UTI: "uti" includes all types of infections in the urinary tract. Cystitis is specifically a term describing inflammation of the bladder. Most often cystitis, although quit irritating, does not cause systemic symptoms such as fever, body aches etc. Pyelonephritis (also a uti) on the other hand is an infection of the kidney causing significant systemic symptoms. ...Read more
Cure of UTI: To cure a uti, you need to have your urine sent off for a culture and sensitivity. This will tell the physician what antibiotic you will need to take to cure it. The physician will probably put you on broad spectrum antibiotic and will not change it unless the sensitivity test shows that the bacterium causing the infection is resistant to the antibiotic you were placed on. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Try the following: Empy bladder soon after sex, never use bubble bath & shower rather than bathe, use cotton underwerar & never thongs, avoid/treat constipation if present, drink plenty of water and avoid retaining urine which means urinate every 3 hours or so, drink cranberry juice or cranberry tablets or gelgaps to reduce ability of bacteria to adhere to bladder wall lining. Avoid feminine douches & deodorants. ...Read more
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
Bad idea: Please forgive my frankness. There is a huge, slick disinformation industry by the "natural healing" folks. This is the 21st century. A urinary tract infection is life-threatening. Go to an old graveyard -- many of the young women are there from urinary tract infections. Please get the treatment that these poor women would have done anything to have had. You owe it to those who love you. ...Read more
Ascending and blood: Borne. Bacteria can reach the bladder by traveling up the urethra, especially in women. Kidney may get infected by seeding from blood borne bacteria. For details see this site. http://www.webmd.com/a-to-z-guides/urinary-tract-infections-in-teens-and-adults-topic-overview. ...Read more
It depends: Most infections are simple bladder infections, although sexually transmitted diseases (which can sometimes cause sterility or serious or overwhelming infection) can have similar symptoms. It is important to make sure that a urinary tract infection is not involving the kidneys, or leading to infection in the blood. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
Urinary Tract Infect: Easy. Irritation of the urethra or exposure to bacteria. Girls get utis more commonly than boys. It is because the urethra is so short and bacteria can invade very easily. One of the most common ways is if you wipe your bowels toward your vagina rather than away; if you irritate your urethra with tampons or other menstrual products; if you irritate the urethra on a hot and dry day, etc. ...Read more
Yes -yeast will help: other germs. Think of it this way - the germs are having a 'party' at your expense. So if you have symptoms of urinary frequency, burning or discomfort, and/or abnormal smell or appearance of the urine - you could have a UTI as well as candidal vaginitis. Sorry! But your doc should be able to help - I recommend to call over there. A urinalysis will confirm the exact 'cause' of the infection. ...Read more
Many causes: Utis are caused by bacteria getting into bladder and multiplying. Bacteria can enter during sex and hence reason to urinate after sex. Toilet hygiene, not wiping front to back, also keeping thighs closed which traps urine in vagina. Bubble-bath and tubs rather than showers. Thong and non-cotton underwear. Constipation. Withholding urination, drinking too little or urinating often enough. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
How can you tell the difference between a bladder infection, urinary tract infection, and yeast infections?
See your HCP: It is critical to avoid waiting to treat a urinary tract infection (also commonly known as a bladder infection). Waiting to treat a bladder infection can lead to a serious complication - another urinary tract infection called a kidney infection.. Seeing your hcp who can check your urine and your vaginal discharge will result in a specific diagnosis. Don't delay ! ...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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