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Urinary Tract Infection Chills
I am experiencing chills. I been having a urinary tract infection over a week now. Last week I went to see my primary care doctor and he proscribed me ciprofloxacn of 500mg, and it did help but it only helps while the effects of the medication last?
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: The surest way to know if you have a urinary tract infection is to have your urine checked. There are urine dipsticks that can detect infection. The symptoms of a UTI can include painful urination, feeling like you have to urinate often, but only passing a very small amount of urine, and urgently feeling like you have to urinate. It can get worse from there. ...Read more
See your doctor.: Start drinking fluids & make an appointment with your doctor. Note all symptoms, including pain, back or side pain & fever. You may take Ibuprofen or Pyridium (phenazopyridine) for relief, but be sure to go in for a urine test and culture even if there is improvement. Do not take old or expired antibiotics, unless approved by your physician. If you get a prescription, take the full course without stopping/skipping. ...Read more
UTI: The surest way to know if you have a urinary tract infection is to have your urine checked. There are urine dipsticks that can detect infection. The symptoms of a UTI can include painful urination, feeling like you have to urinate often, but only passing a very small amount of urine, and urgently feeling like you have to urinate. It can get worse from there. See a doctor if you have symptoms. ...Read more
No: You can take cystex to relieve the symptoms of a urinary tract infection but not necessarily the cause. It is designed to decrease symptoms UNTIL you get a chance to see your primary medical doctor. This medication is similar to pyridium, (phenazopyridine) for symptomatic relief, but does not turn your urine orange. ...Read more
AZO/Pyridium: Phenazopyridine, sold over the counter as AZO or Pyridium (phenazopyridine) will stop most cases of UTI itching, burning, pain. It is NOT a treatment and can only safely be used for a few days. Don't worry if it turns urine orange. That's normal. Must simultaneously treat the UTI, usually with antibiotics, so you will need to see your dr and likely get a urine test before antibiotics are prescribed. ...Read more
Urinalysis, also C&S: Symptoms of burning pain with and frequency of urination common with uti. Also foul smelling urine &/or pelvic or flank pain. Dipstick urine test containing nitrite reagent is quite reliable in demonstrating presence of uti, bacteria can actually be seen in urine by microscopy. Urine can and should be cultured to identify bacterial species and antibiotics to which the bacteria are sensitive. ...Read more
Cannot recommend: No bonafide antibiotics are available over the counter. ...Read more
Treat: See a physician for evaluation proper treatment. ...Read more
Urinalysis & culture: Most UTIs can be diagnosed by simple dipstick test & used by all primary care practitioners, urologists, gynecologists etc. Now available in many pharmacies. Reliable for most infections, although not accurate for some less common types of bacteria. Urine culture &/or microscopy are highly reliable for all UTIs, but needs to be laboratory or office tested. Symptoms often do not mean infection. ...Read more
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. ...Read more
Honeymoon cystitis?: Have you heard honeymoon cystitis? Somehow, most female UTI happens to sexually active females, and usually within 2 days, but may be later. Such does not happen to every female but few. As to its precise cause, it's within speculation - being related with personal defense mechanism. So, it recurs over time; a measure to cope can be deduced for individual need. More? Ask treating doc timely. ...Read more
I've had a urinary tract infection and never resolved it. Can having it for several years untreated, cause erection problems?
Careful: Yes, especially if it is not an UTI but a sexually transmitted disease. Please go get checked. ...Read more
Had a urinary tract infection, took medicine for that. Now I keep having burning what is causing that? What is causing the discomfort?
Continued: Continued burning could mean that your infection did not clear up from the antibiotic, or it could be that you have another type of infection or a yeast infection. You should be re-evaluated by your doctor. If you get pain, vomiting, or fever then you will need an emergency evaluation. ...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