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Hi Doctors. How do I know if I have a urinary tract infection?

Hi Doctors. How do I know if I have a urinary tract infection?

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

Dr. Sanjiv Kaul
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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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What to do if I have a urinary tract infection but no access to a doctor?

What to do if I have a urinary tract infection but no access to a doctor?

U shoudl have access: To an emergency room or urgent visit center, or a pharmacy u need to leave a urine sample that can be sent to the lab and the health care provider can get u started on antibiotics beofre the culture is back, many pharmacies have urgent txment areas that are staffed by nurse practioners. ...Read more

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If an e coli urinary tract infection showed to be susceptive to norfloxacine, why did the doctor prescribed me ofloxacine, i feel its not working.

If an e coli urinary tract infection showed to be susceptive to norfloxacine, why did the doctor prescribed me ofloxacine, i feel its not working.

Similar drugs: These two meds are very similar and reasonable substitutes for each other. If treatment for a UTI does not result in improvement after several days then a reevaluation is warranted. ...Read more

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I had a urinary tract infection and my doctor told me to avoid eating salty foods. I would like to know how salty foods cause urinary tract infection?

I had a urinary tract infection and my doctor told me to avoid eating salty foods. I would like to know how salty foods cause urinary tract infection?

Not the cause: Salty foods are not the cause of the UTI, but during treatment we encourage increased fluids to help flush out the bladder and decreased caffeine/salt (those can irritate the bladder) while taking antibiotics. ...Read more

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How long can a urinary tract infection be left untreated before it will become dangerous? This is for a friend who won't see the doctor, and I worry.

How long can a urinary tract infection be left untreated before it will become dangerous? This is for a friend who won't see the doctor, and I worry.

Depends: Infection in the urinary bladder alone may not become dangerous even if left untreated. There is always a risk that infection could spread to the kidneys. If kidneys are infected, then it can become dangerous in a matter of hours or days, if there is obstruction to urine flow and the patient is diabetic. It is best to get treatment at the earliest. ...Read more

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I have a urinary tract infection, why did the doctor ask if I am sexually active?

I have a urinary tract infection, why did the doctor ask if I am sexually active?

Postcoital cystitis: Sometimes women experience urinay tract infections (UTI) as a direct result of sexual intercourse. Bacteria can be pushed into the urethra during sex, leading to increased risk for a uti. If your answer were yes to the dr.'s question, you may have been advised to void as soon as practical after sex. If it is a recurrent problem, you may be given an antibiotic to take after sex. ...Read more

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What could this be a urinary tract infection again (5th in a year) and what can I do at nursing home until I see my doctor?

What could this be a urinary tract infection again (5th in a year) and what can I do at nursing home until I see my doctor?

Maybe/please clarify: This can happen as bacteria can ascend the urethra into your bladder, especially in women and in nursing homes, it may occur repeatedly. You might need low-dose, long-term antibiotic treatment. The standard antibiotic is trimethoprim-sulfamethoxazole or tmp-smx. You should let them know at the home and get a doctor to examine you and take a urine sample, then see your dr. And get treated asap. ...Read more

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19f whenever I have sex, got an urinary tract infection . Female porn stars happy after 10y work.Super woman or better doctors!.?

19f whenever I have sex, got an urinary tract infection . Female porn stars happy after 10y work.Super woman or better doctors!.?

Urinate after: You should always urinate after intercourse, as it will help to flush out any rogue bacteria from your bladder. However, some women are more susceptible to utis than others, and you cannot compare yourself to a porn star. ...Read more

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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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Urinary (Definition)

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