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Dr. Andrew Berry
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Infection (Definition)

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


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Can there be an over-the-counter way to cure a urinary tract infection?

Maybe: Many utis resolve without antibiotics. Use a urinary symptom relief medication over the counter, such as azo, and increase you water intake. If symptoms do not resolve in 2-3 days, can you doctor.

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What is the best over-the-counter way to treat a urinary tract infection?

What is the best over-the-counter way to treat a urinary tract infection?

Fluid and cranberry: Serious urinary tract infections (UTI) require antibiotics. However, many people have asymptomatic utis or symptomatic ones that go away without intervention. If you drink plenty of fluid and have frequent urination to flush out bacteria and decrease urine stasis, it decreases the risk of infection. Cranberry juice has been shown to help decrease UTI as well, but not perfect.

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How do I treat urinary tract infection with home remedies or over-the-counter meds?

Depends: Urinary tract infections (UTI) should be diagnosed by a health care professional. Uti is a generic term that can refer to infections anywhere in the urinary tract. However, most people use the term UTI to refer to infection of the bladder only. Bladder infections usually require antibiotics, but if it is an early infection, frequent urination (aided by increased fluid intake) might suffice.

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Could you tell me what's the best over-the-counter way to treat a urinary tract infection?

Could you tell me what's the best over-the-counter way to treat a urinary tract infection?

Cranberry and fluid: Fluid hydration and frequent emptying of your bladder is the most important way to cure bladder infections at home. Cranberry concentrate pill will also help, acidifying the urine and preventing bacterial adherance to the bladder lining. If symptoms persist you should seek care from your doctor.

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What over the counter treatments are there for urinary tract infections?

What over the counter treatments are there for urinary tract infections?

None...: Do you really have UTIs? If so, is it diagnosed by urinary symptoms (Sx) alone or by Sx + urinalysis/ urine culture? There has been no OTC antibiotics for UTI, but nowadays, the OTC pill containing cranberry extract has been touted to suppress UTI-related bugs, and phenazopyridine-containing pill may help sooth urinary irritation. So, no real antibiotics avails for UTI in the US.

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What are some treatments for a urinary tract infection?

Culture + Antibiotic: Urinary tract infections (utis) are most commonly caused by the bacterium e. Coli. Because of the bacterial etiology, antibiotics like Bactrim (sulfamethoxazole and trimethoprim) which effectively end up in the urinary tract are routinely used. Urine cultures ensure that the causative bacteria is a.) identified and b.) susceptible to the prescribed antibiotic.

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What are some effective home treatments for an urinary tract infection?

What are some effective home treatments for an urinary tract infection?

UTI: One of the best things you can do is increase your fluid intake. That will keep urine from becoming to stationary/static and decrease the chance of getting a uti. However if you have one, antibiotics are the best treatment. Options like cranberry juice can help, but they cannot usually kill the bacteria.

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I am 27 years old, I have not have sex before, can this be the cause of my frequently reoccurrence of my urinary tract infection after treatments?

I am 27 years old, I have not have sex before, can this be the cause of my frequently reoccurrence of my urinary tract infection after treatments?

No: I understand you are a man. You should be proud that you are saving the best for the person in you future that you'll love faithfully for a lifetime. If you have a urethral discharge despite being a virgin, the cause may be spices / hot peppers in the diet. If you have a bladder infection with white cells / bacteria in the urine, look for a stone or birth defect. A urologist is your best consult.

Dr. Brad Goldenberg
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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


Dr. Krishna Kumar
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Urinary (Definition)

Any subject, be it anatomy, physiology, or object pertaining to urine. For example: urinary tract (anatomy), urinary catheter (object), urinary ...Read more