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Uti symptoms but no UTI on culture is what?

Uti symptoms but no UTI on culture is what?

It may never show up: Utis is a clinical diagnosis - that means for a physician, we rely mainly on the patient's symptoms (pain on urination, hesitancy, frequency, flank/supra pubic pain) to make a dx. In many cases, we can grow and isolate the offending organism in the lab in <24hrs.. In other cases, it is much harder to do this (eg chlamydia, ureaplasma, mycoplasma) - sometimes resulting in a negative culture. ...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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Having uti symptoms for ovet 2 weeks already. Now after culture my dr perscribed macrobid. But already having lover back pain and side pain. ?

Having uti  symptoms for ovet 2 weeks already. Now after  culture my dr perscribed macrobid. But already  having lover back pain and side pain. ?

Start antibiotic.: Whether your UTI is just in the bladder or has now involved the kidneys, the antibiotic choices are generally the same, and MacroBid is generally a good choice. The only difference may be the duration - two weeks for a kidney infection versus three for a bladder infection. So start the antibiotic and follow up with your doctor in a few days to make sure you're improving. ...Read more

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I had a negative urine culture for a UTI. I had chlamydia 6 months ago. Is it possible that my UTI symptoms are actually symptoms of chlamydia again?

I had a negative urine culture for a UTI. I had chlamydia 6 months ago. Is it possible that my UTI symptoms are actually symptoms of chlamydia again?

Yes.: Chlamydia can cause UTI with symptoms similiar to other types of UTI. Rate of recurrent urogenital Chlamydia can be as high as 30% in some cases so it is certainly reasonable to get retested to see if you have reucrrence. ...Read more

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My doctor said I had UTI symptoms and prescribed antibiotics without performing a urine culture. Should I be concerned?

My doctor said I had UTI symptoms and prescribed antibiotics without performing a urine culture. Should I be concerned?

Depends: Usually if you are not pregnant and have classic symptoms of a urinary tract infection, then you don't need to do a urine culture. You should take a simple antibiotic for three days. If you are pregnant, however, a urine culture should be obtained prior to initiating antibiotcs. You should also have a repeat urine culture after you have finished the antibiotics to make sure the infection is gone. ...Read more

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Daughter has UTI symptoms that come and go once a week. Negative urine culture. Does not have back pain or fever or other symptoms.

Daughter has UTI symptoms that come and go once a week.  Negative urine culture.  Does not have back pain or fever or other symptoms.

Probably cystitis: She may need to get her urine test repeated a few times and get examined by her pediatrician to r/o urethritis type problem that may be recurring. Some girls who bathe in tub get such symptoms as well for which a change in such habits and reinforcing genital hygiene can help. ...Read more

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Have uti symptoms had test shows white cells in urine and blood yet the urine culture shows no uti have back pain too what could be wrong?

Have uti symptoms had test shows white cells in urine and blood yet the urine culture shows no uti have back pain too what could be wrong?

Probably still UTI: Hi Jessi, It certainly sounds as if you have a UTI. A urine culture can be falsely negative, as can any lab test. Were you taking antibiotics when the culture was done, causing a negative culture? Other possibilities are urinary tract stones and bladder tumor. I suggest rechecking the urinalysis and culture, and then see your doctor or a urologist to help you look into it further. Good luck ...Read more

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Can group b strep cause UTI symptoms? Have had symptoms of UTI with culture positive for gbs. One doc says yes, could be the group b. Another says no.

Can group b strep cause UTI symptoms? Have had symptoms of UTI with culture positive for gbs. One doc says yes, could be the group b. Another says no.

GBS: Many adults may carry group b streptococcus(gbs) in their body with symptoms. However some adults can develop a urinary tract infection (UTI) from gbs. Continue to see your doctor for treatment of your uti. ...Read more

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Why am i having really worse UTI symptoms (e coli) while taking antibiotics based on a culture, if today the u test shows the infection has decreased?

Why am i having really worse UTI symptoms (e coli) while taking antibiotics based on a culture, if today the u test shows the infection  has decreased?

Pyelonephritis : If you have associated pyelonephritis - infections leads to kidney involvement - than it may take longer time to respond. Make sure mic level of abx against e. Coli and what dosage you taking. Please see infectious disease physician. ...Read more

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Recently treated for UTI, urin culture showed WBC but no bacteria. Went to gyno a week later, now have a bleeding cervix and UTI symptoms What's wrong?

Recently treated for UTI, urin culture showed WBC but no bacteria. Went to gyno a week later, now have a bleeding cervix and UTI symptoms What's wrong?

I do not know: But form your symptoms it sounds like you have some sort of underlying infection. I always train and teach medical students and young doctors that we treat patients, not results, so if you feel as if you have UTI symptoms, and did have WBC's in the UA, then maybe a short treatment course may be in order. Continue to follow-up with your Gyn for evaluations and treatment. Good luck to you. ...Read more

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UTI symptoms for a week now. First culture results= "mixed". 2nd culture-came back as "contaminated" . Should I do another or take the bactrim (sulfamethoxazole and trimethoprim)?

Cut To The Chase: You've got the symptoms(I assume that means painful urination and some bladder aches)so at this point just take the medicine.The best way to check your urine at this point would be via a catheter but most bladder infections can be treated with Bactrim(assuming that resistance to it in your area is low). Should that not work (in 2-3 days)then probably best to get the cath specimin and go from there ...Read more

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Urinary Tract Infections (Definition)

A urinary tract infection (often called UTI) is most commonly caused by bacteria and usually refers to an infection in the bladder. Not all bacteria that grows from the urine represents an infection, so the need for antibiotics is determined by your ...Read more