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How soon after finishing my anitibiotics for a urinary tract infection can I have sex?

How soon after finishing my anitibiotics for a urinary tract infection can I have sex?

I believe anytime: Unless there is a specific issue with your condition, the type of antibiotic you are using or some very unusual problem, taking antibiotics should not preclude one from having intercourse. If a vaginal or penile condom is used, I cannot think of a reason otherwise. Take the antibiotics as prescribed and take care of yourself. See your doctor otherwise (call or return to clinic). ...Read more

Dr. Jeffrey Stevens
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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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How soon after I finish my anitibiotics for a urinary tract infection can I have sex again?

How soon after I finish my anitibiotics for a urinary tract infection can I have sex again?

When you feel like: It. Just be on the lookout for a recurrence so that you may treat it promptly if it happens. ...Read more

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How long does it take a urinary tract infection to reach the kidneys?

How long does it take a urinary tract infection to reach the kidneys?

Instantly ->few days: Bacteria can reach the kidneys almost instantly if the subject has vesico-ureteral reflux (urine backs up from bladder), or can take hours to days depending upon the bacteria. Some bacteria have tiny hair like projections (cilia) and can crawl through bladder vales and work their way up to the kidney. Sign of infection reaching the kidneys is when you develop back or flank pain. ...Read more

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How long does it take for a UTI (urinary tract infection) to show positive on a urine culture?

How long does it take for a UTI (urinary tract infection) to show positive on a urine culture?

It may not!: A urinary tract infection is a clinical diagnosis, and doesn't necessarily hinge on a positive urine culture. However, typical bacteria associated with uti's will test positive within 24hr. Cultures help in choosing the most appropriate antibiotic.However, keep in mind some microbes cannot be cultured, or aren't routinely cultured (e.g. Ureaplasma, chlamydia) - but can be treated with antibiotics. ...Read more

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How long does it take for the symptoms of a urinary tract infection to disappear?

How long does it take for the symptoms of a urinary tract infection to disappear?

36 -72 hours: Provided bacteria causing UTI are sensitive to the antibiotic prescribed. Hence advice to have a urine culture done when UTI is diagnosed to insure that you are on the correct antibiotic. Symptoms can persists for weeks or months if not on or on wrong antibiotic. ...Read more

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Could you tell me how long it takes your urinary tract infection to reach the kidneys?

Could you tell me how long it takes your urinary tract infection to reach the kidneys?

Kidney infection: Kidney infection (pyelonephritis) generally causes fever, chills and very significant flank pain. One generally feels "sick". Bladder infection (cystitis) rarely causes systemic symptoms. Discomfort in the pelvic area and irritative voiding symptoms are typical. In general, a bladder infection should not ascend to the kidneys unless there is an anatomic abnormality with the ureters. (reflux). ...Read more

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What to take for a urinary tract infection and for how long?

See your doctor: You need prescription medication for treatment of urinary infection and your doctor will advise you on the type of medication and duration of treatment. ...Read more

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How long is it supposed to it take for a urinary tract infection to develop?

How long is it supposed to it take for a urinary tract infection to develop?

See below: Hours to days depending on the type and quantity of the organism and the overall health of the host. ...Read more

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My boyfried just got over a UTI (urinary tract infection). How long is it contagious?

Noncontagious unless: He has a gonoccal (gonorrhea) or chlamydial UTI. Most UTIs are due to E. coli bacteria or other gram -ve organisms which are not contagious. ...Read more

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Can I take ofloxacin for a urinary tract infection, I have 200mg pills?

Can I take ofloxacin for a urinary tract infection, I have 200mg pills?

Probably: Ofloxacin is an antibiotic that would typically be effective in a urinary tract infection. The usual dose would be 200-400 mg twice daily for about 5 days. As with any potential infection, the best way to determine proper treatment is to get a culture and sensitivity test on the urine. If you self treat, it would be best to get a urine culture in about 2 weeks to prove you were cured. ...Read more

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What can I take for urinary tract infection with staph aureus?

What can I take for urinary tract infection with staph aureus?

Discuss with your Dr: Urine culture and sensitivity test should be performed to identify antibiotics that the staph is sensitive to, such as:- augmentin, cipro, (ciprofloxacin) levaquin, Erythromycin or in cases of very resistant organisms vancomycin or an other antibiotic. ...Read more

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Hello, just wondering why it takes me a while to pee, and to do so I have to sit n wait n push... Do I have a urinary tract infection?

Hello, just wondering why it takes me a while to pee, and to do so I have to sit n wait n push... Do I have a urinary tract infection?

Don't push to pee: It is easy to get into this habit and it is not good for your urinary tract. Concentrate on relaxing the pelvic muscles to urinate. Don't rush. If you still have problems consult a pelvic floor physical therapist. ...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.

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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What are the symptoms of urinary tract infection in men and what should I take for it?

What are the symptoms of urinary tract infection in men and what should I take for it?

UTI: Pain or discomfort while urinating or foul odor can be signs of a uti. Your doctor can do a urinalysis and/or culture to assess for white cells and bacteria that might indicate an infection. Subsequently, if there, your doctor would then place you on an antibiotic. ...Read more

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What are the causes of a urinary tract infection and what kind of medicine can I take for the pain?

Multiple causes: Most urinary infections are bacterial. Some are ascending infections through the urethra, especially in women, other are due to seeding of the kidney through blood. Some urinary infections are prompted by obstruction to the flow of urine. The medicine needs to be tailored to the organism causing the infection and it is not a matter for self-care. Please see your doctor for proper antibiotic. ...Read more

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Can I take cystex for urinary tract infection?

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

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If I have a urinary tract infection with fever but no insurance what can I take?

Cranberry concentra: Cranberry concentrate without sugar or splenda
otc product with urinary antiseptic which colors urine orange for 3 to 4 days
copious amounts of water. ...Read more

Dr. Janice Alexander
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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. 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