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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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I keep getting utis. Can it be treated without using antibiotics?

I keep getting utis. Can it be treated without using antibiotics?

Yes no : First thing you do is to drink plenty of fluids. It may help your symptoms of uti. You need to see a doctor to make sure that you do have UTI by having a urine culture done , if the urine culture is positive then you must take antebiotics however in many cases there are symptoms of UTI but the culture is negative then you don't have to take any antibiotics. ...Read more

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How is a UTI treated without antibiotics?

How is a UTI treated without antibiotics?

Use antibiotics: I am sure that every UTI throughout history was not treated with antibiotics and somehow we survive. The risk of not treating is substantial as kidneys can be damaged permanently or infection can spread to the blood making us critically ill. Cranberry juice and increased fluids may help but get on antibiotics when you really need them, like with a uti. ...Read more

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I got a UTI a couple months ago and I have one again. Can I use the same antibiotics I took to treat this one?

I got a UTI a couple months ago and I have one again. Can I use the same antibiotics I took to treat this one?

Antibiotics: You should not have any antibiotics left from the previous episode. It is important to take the medications exactly as directed otherwise the infection may not be adequately treated leading to a repeat infection. This may the case here now. ...Read more

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Had 7 courses of antibiotics in 8 weeks to treat UTI none of which have worked? Are all these antibiotics damaging my body?

Had 7 courses of antibiotics in 8 weeks to treat UTI none of which have worked? Are all these antibiotics damaging my body?

Probably not a UTI: if repeated course of antibiotics have not relieved the symptoms then it may not be a UTI or there may be a reason why the infection is hard to treat. You should consult with a Urogynecologist or female urologist. I hope this helps. ...Read more

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Can I treat myself for a UTI with antibiotics if I knwo the procedures from someone who has been treated with the same already?

No: You should not and cannot prescribe antibiotics to yourself. A physician has to do this. Also, the doctor has to actually diagnose you with a urinary tract infection. Different antibiotics kill different kinds of bacteria. So a physician will be able to help determine what kind of antibiotic is appropriate. ...Read more

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I was treated for UTI a week ago and was prescribed antibiotics. I have completed the medication and I still have a uti. What should I do. ?

I was treated for UTI a week ago and was prescribed antibiotics. I have completed the medication and I still have a uti. What should I do. ?

New treatment: When someone still has the same kinds of UTI sx (fever, burning, frequency, etc) after treatment, then they probably should go back to the doctor. Sometimes the bacteria are resistant to the antibiotic and a different antibiotic is needed. Sometimes the doctor will send out the urine for culture to help guide antibiotic choice. Hope you feel better soon. ...Read more

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I had uti 6 weeks ago and was treated with antibiotics, today tested positive for another uti I do not want to take another antibiotic, other options?

I had uti 6 weeks ago and was treated with antibiotics, today tested positive for another uti I do not want to take another antibiotic, other options?

Needs an antibiotic: All UTIs should be treated with antibiotics. There are no safe non-antibiotic or self treatments: the risk of a dangerous complication of UTI is far higher than an antibiotic problem. Probably this UTI should be treated with a different antibiotic than the previous one. Ask your doctor about having a culture test and, if positive, testing to see for sure which antibiotic will work best. ...Read more

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Can you treat a UTI naturally without antibiotics ? Is so how?

Can you treat a UTI naturally without antibiotics ? Is so how?

Some anecdotal...: Some have claim for years that cranberry juice could help fight a UTI due to changes in your bladder tissue that do not allow bacteria to grow as they need to. However, there is no clear scientific prove of this. Many healthy people's bodies fight the infection on its own but that is impossible to predict so in order to avoid complications antibiotics are recommended if having symptoms of UTI. ...Read more

Dr. Martin Raff
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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