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Dr. Katharine Cox
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Urinary Tract Infection (Overview)

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 needed to treat UTIs.


Dr. Tony Ho Dr. Ho
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Symptoms of urinary tract infection?

Dr. Tony Ho Dr. Ho
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Symptoms of urinary tract infection?

See below: Classic symptoms are burning/pain upon urination, with less common being fever, increased frequency, and increased urgency. Cure is with antibiotics. See a doctor to verify with a urine study. ...Read more

Dr. Katharine Cox
6 Doctors shared insights

Urinary Tract Infection (Overview)

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 needed to treat UTIs.


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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. ...Read more

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Urinary tract infection (Tip)

If "bladder infections" are not clearing up, could my symptoms be from interstitial cystitis? ...See more

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Managing Interstitial Cystitis (ICS) (Checklist)

Follow any recommended diet changes
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Learn which foods or drinks trigger your pain
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Know which medications and vitamins can make symptoms worse
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Rule out endometriosis
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Urinary tract infection for life?

Urinary tract infection for life?

Very unlikely: Recurrent uti's occur but a permanent UTI is very unlikely. Other diseases can mimic a UTI such as interstitial cystitis, polycystic kidney disease, lithium toxicity, sarcoidosis, & bladder cancer. Patients with prior surgery, retained surgical material, stents, kidney stones or abscess may require long term antibiotics for treatment & suppression. A specialist can sort out these problems. ...Read more

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Urinary tract infection for life?

Very unlikely: Recurrent uti's occur but a permanent UTI is very unlikely. Other diseases can mimic a UTI such as interstitial cystitis, polycystic kidney disease, lithium toxicity, sarcoidosis, & bladder cancer. Patients with prior surgery, retained surgical material, stents, kidney stones or abscess may require long term antibiotics for treatment & suppression. A specialist can sort out these problems. ...Read more

Dr. Brian Nguyen Dr. Nguyen
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Urinary tract infection (Tip)

Avoid potential dietary triggers like tomato, caffeine, chocolate, nuts, spicy foods, smoked foods. ...See more

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Living with Urinary Incontinence (Checklist)

Find a good urologist for proper evaluation, diagnosis, and treatment
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Find out the type and cause of your UI and educate yourself
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Manage your intake of fluids; don't consume too much or too little
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Avoid caffeine and alcohol
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Does a urinary tract infection hurt?

Does a urinary tract infection hurt?

Not always: Most utis, in people with normal bladder sensation, hurt &/or cause burning on urination. Some are associated with pelic, suprapubic or back pain. Some utis are painless. ...Read more

Dr. Tony Ho Dr. Ho
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Symptoms of urinary tract infection?

Dr. Tony Ho Dr. Ho
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See below: Classic symptoms are burning/pain upon urination, with less common being fever, increased frequency, and increased urgency. Cure is with antibiotics. See a doctor to verify with a urine study. ...Read more

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Urinary tract infection (Tip)

Antihistamines such as Zyrtec, Allegra, Claritin, or Benadryl (diphenhydramine) can help treat irritative symptoms. ...See more

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Treating an Ear Infection (Checklist)

Look for other sources of ear pain besides infection
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Ask your doctor about TMJ (spasm of muscles to jaw joint), as it could cause ear pain
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Look for ear pain or ear drainage, as they are both signs of infection
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See a doctor if you think you have an ear infection
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What causes urinary tract infection?

What causes urinary tract infection?

Many: Bacteria multiplying in bladder. Not urinating after sex, allowing bacteria which reached bladder ; multiply. Using bubble-bath and tub baths rather than taking a shower, severe constipation, sub-optimal toilet hygiene- not wiping front to back or holding thighs together with urinating + trapping urine behind labia, witholding urination, thongs and non-cotton underwear. ...Read more

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Treating a Kidney Infection (Checklist)

Call your doctor if you have a fever or back pain
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Begin your antibiotic immediately and complete the entire course
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Drink plenty of fluids to stay well hydrated and to help flush the infection
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Get plenty of rest and sleep to help your body fight the infection
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What can cause urinary tract infection?

What can cause urinary tract infection?

3 ways: There are 3 ways that bacteria invade and infect the urinary tract, ascending, hematogenous and lymphatic spread. Ascending means bacteria ascend the urethra into the bladder. Hematogenous spread is when bacteria in the blood stream seed into the kidney tissue. Lymphatic spread is one way bacteria can get from the bladder into the kidney. The other is up the ureter. ...Read more

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What causes an urinary tract infection?

Risk factors: These include indwelling catheters in the urinary tract, instrumentation, anything that could stagnate urine flow (like stones or obstruction), or abnormal flow of urine (reflux), depressed immunity, sexual intercourse (especially in women). ...Read more

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Urinary tract infection (Tip)

When all else fails, ask your dr. About cystoscopy with hydrodistention to reduce pain/discomfort. ...See more

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Treating Eye Infections (Checklist)

Throw away any used contact lenses
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Do not occlude or cover your eyes
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If you have pink eye, wash face towels separately with hot water
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Causes of male urinary tract infection?

Multiple: Cause of male UTI are varied and can include - poor fluid intake, phimosis (tight foreskin) and poor hygiene, urianry tratc stones, benign prostate enlargement with incomplete bladder emptying, uretharl stricture, urinary tract stones, and obstruction anywhere in the urinary tract. Furthermore, abnormal connection between the urinary tract and the intestine diverticulitis or cancer may occur. ...Read more

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How serious is a urinary tract infection?

How serious is a urinary tract infection?

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 more

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Urinary tract infection (Tip)

Water, water, drink dilute your urine, much less irritating pee. ...See more

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Treating a Bladder Infection (Checklist)

Ask your doctor about taking an antibiotic
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Drink plenty of fluids to help dilute the urine and flush the bladder
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Avoid irritating fluids and food, such as caffeine, citrus, alcohol, and spicy foods
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Take an over-the-counter urinary analgesic for pain and to soothe the bladder
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What can cause a urinary tract infection?

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 more

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How can I cure a urinary tract infection?

Antibiotics: From your doctor. She wil want a urine sample. ...Read more

Dr. James Krick Dr. Krick
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Urinary tract infection (Tip)

Avoid caffeine, alcohol and acidic foods. It may be helpful to take prelief (otc). ...See more

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Treating Clostridium Difficile Infection (Checklist)

Minimize use of broad spectrum antibiotics, as clostridium difficile infection is a common complication
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Stay out of hospitals as much as possible
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Use probiotics to outcompete the clostridium difficile bacteria
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How do you get a urinary tract infection?

Here are some...: UTI emerges while personal defense ability does not suffice or fails to kill or eliminate the invading bacteria. Example, toothbrushing may result in bacteremia in many daily but without sickness; likewise does UTI. While bacterial presence is essential to get infection, that is not always the case; to become infected, some noticeable causes can be traced. .. like incomplete emptying bladder... ...Read more

Dr. Michael Kleerekoper
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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


Dr. Amrita Dosanjh
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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