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How long does a urinary tract infection take to go away with proper treatment?

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Dr. George Klauber
Pediatrics - Urology
4 doctors agree

In brief: 2 - 14 days

Simle bladder infections can clear up within couple of days, and up to 7 - 10 days, depending upon infective organism. Kidney infections take longer, and subjects should be on antibiotics for at least two weeks.
Proper treatment requires antibiotics + removal of stones if present in kidney or bladder in addition to UTI otherwise reinfection will occur.

In brief: 2 - 14 days

Simle bladder infections can clear up within couple of days, and up to 7 - 10 days, depending upon infective organism. Kidney infections take longer, and subjects should be on antibiotics for at least two weeks.
Proper treatment requires antibiotics + removal of stones if present in kidney or bladder in addition to UTI otherwise reinfection will occur.
Dr. George Klauber
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Dr. Andrew Carroll
Family Medicine
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In brief: 3 days

The infection typically takes 3 days to cure, but the inflammation may persist even beyond that, so you may have symptoms which continue even after treatment.
Studies suggest a course of 3 days of antibiotics as standard for treatment.

In brief: 3 days

The infection typically takes 3 days to cure, but the inflammation may persist even beyond that, so you may have symptoms which continue even after treatment.
Studies suggest a course of 3 days of antibiotics as standard for treatment.
Dr. Andrew Carroll
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Dr. John Leander Po
3 days applies to a simple UTI; complex ones may take longer.
Dr. Mary Helen Morrow
Family Medicine
3 doctors agree

In brief: 5 days

People usually begin feeling better in 24-48 hours.
However, all antibiotics should be completed. If there are "exceptions" to your situation, you may have to take antibiotics 7 or even 10 days. Drink lots of fluids to carry the antibiotics from your blood to your kidneys and then your bladder.

In brief: 5 days

People usually begin feeling better in 24-48 hours.
However, all antibiotics should be completed. If there are "exceptions" to your situation, you may have to take antibiotics 7 or even 10 days. Drink lots of fluids to carry the antibiotics from your blood to your kidneys and then your bladder.
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Dr. Richard Zimon
If this is the SECOND or THIRD infection the length of time for treatment may increase.
Dr. Olie Garrison
Family Medicine
3 doctors agree

In brief: 1-5 days

Urinary tract infections usually resolve in just a few days with appropriate antibiotic treatment.
Drinking adequate water is also important. Symptoms such as dysuria can be relieved with urinary analgesics such as pyridium (phenazopyridine).

In brief: 1-5 days

Urinary tract infections usually resolve in just a few days with appropriate antibiotic treatment.
Drinking adequate water is also important. Symptoms such as dysuria can be relieved with urinary analgesics such as pyridium (phenazopyridine).
Dr. Olie Garrison
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In brief: 1 day to many

A simple UTI in a woman may be treated in some cases with a single dose of antibiotic.
More complex infections (organism, length of time infected, general health etc.) can extend it. Men who have prostate infections often take 30 days to treat. Rarely we have to operate on prostates when the infection can't be controlled.

In brief: 1 day to many

A simple UTI in a woman may be treated in some cases with a single dose of antibiotic.
More complex infections (organism, length of time infected, general health etc.) can extend it. Men who have prostate infections often take 30 days to treat. Rarely we have to operate on prostates when the infection can't be controlled.
Dr. Roscoe Nelson
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Dr. Neeoo Chin
Fertility Medicine
2 doctors agree

In brief: 3 Days

Uncomplicated utis can be treated with the appropriate antibiotics in about 3-5 days, but please finish the entire course of antibiotics that your doctor gives you.

In brief: 3 Days

Uncomplicated utis can be treated with the appropriate antibiotics in about 3-5 days, but please finish the entire course of antibiotics that your doctor gives you.
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Dr. Jason Campbell
Family Medicine
1 doctor agrees

In brief: 3 days

With appropriate treatment, the infection will be effectively treated within about 3-5 days - although it is typical for longer courses of antibiotics to be given.

In brief: 3 days

With appropriate treatment, the infection will be effectively treated within about 3-5 days - although it is typical for longer courses of antibiotics to be given.
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Dr. Kenneth Adler
Family Medicine
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In brief: 5 days

Bladder infections can resolve as early as 1 day and take up to a week if the bacteria causing the infection is sensitive to the antibiotic being used.
Kidney infections take longer and are more serious. Kidney infections require follow up with a physician.

In brief: 5 days

Bladder infections can resolve as early as 1 day and take up to a week if the bacteria causing the infection is sensitive to the antibiotic being used.
Kidney infections take longer and are more serious. Kidney infections require follow up with a physician.
Dr. Kenneth Adler
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Dr. Troy Sedlmeyer
Family Medicine
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In brief: 1-3 days

For a typical, healthy person with a simple or common urinary tract infection, one day of antibiotic treatment may work.
However, we tend to treat uncomplicated utis with antibiotics for 3 to 10 days total.

In brief: 1-3 days

For a typical, healthy person with a simple or common urinary tract infection, one day of antibiotic treatment may work.
However, we tend to treat uncomplicated utis with antibiotics for 3 to 10 days total.
Dr. Troy Sedlmeyer
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Dr. Dean Giannone
Internal Medicine
1 doctor agrees

In brief: 1 days

In women, one dose of an appropriate antibiotic can sterilize an infected urine.
We usually treat uncomplicated urinary tract infections with three days of antibiotics to prevent recurrence. For men, these infections tend to be a bit more stubborn, so fourteen days of treatment is the rule.

In brief: 1 days

In women, one dose of an appropriate antibiotic can sterilize an infected urine.
We usually treat uncomplicated urinary tract infections with three days of antibiotics to prevent recurrence. For men, these infections tend to be a bit more stubborn, so fourteen days of treatment is the rule.
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Dr. Cynthia Point
Internal Medicine
1 doctor agrees

In brief: 5-7 days

If you are pregnant, you may need to be treated for longer. Consult with your ob.

In brief: 5-7 days

If you are pregnant, you may need to be treated for longer. Consult with your ob.
Dr. Cynthia Point
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Dr. Don W Hodson
Family Medicine
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In brief: 2-5 days

Most uti's if treated with an effective antibiotic will respond quite rapidly, sometimes with the first dose or two.
Your doctor will most likely want to culture your urine to determine whether or not the prescribed antibiotic will be effective, or will choose based on your history and age.

In brief: 2-5 days

Most uti's if treated with an effective antibiotic will respond quite rapidly, sometimes with the first dose or two.
Your doctor will most likely want to culture your urine to determine whether or not the prescribed antibiotic will be effective, or will choose based on your history and age.
Dr. Don W Hodson
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Dr. Latisha Smith
Wound care
1 doctor agrees

In brief: 5 days

If the urinary tract infection is not associated with some other condition such as diabetes or immune deficiency, the infection should be resolved in 5 days.
Most individuals will be free of painful urination in 3-4 days after starting antibiotics. If the urinary tract infection recurs frequently then a prolonged course of antibiotics, 10-14 day may be prescribed.

In brief: 5 days

If the urinary tract infection is not associated with some other condition such as diabetes or immune deficiency, the infection should be resolved in 5 days.
Most individuals will be free of painful urination in 3-4 days after starting antibiotics. If the urinary tract infection recurs frequently then a prolonged course of antibiotics, 10-14 day may be prescribed.
Dr. Latisha Smith
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Dr. Roger Kilbourn
Family Medicine
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In brief: 3-4 days

In most healthy people with antibiotics, a UTI should take at most 3-4 days to clear. In people with immune issues or without antibiotics, it is hard to say how long it will take a UTI to clear.

In brief: 3-4 days

In most healthy people with antibiotics, a UTI should take at most 3-4 days to clear. In people with immune issues or without antibiotics, it is hard to say how long it will take a UTI to clear.
Dr. Roger Kilbourn
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Dr. Jonathan Leibowitz
Internal Medicine

In brief: 1-3 days

The right antibiotics in a 'normal' person - with a simple UTI - your looking at feeling better in a few hours - continue the meds b/c you want to kill every last one of those suckers in your bladder - if your talking 'pyelonephritis' or a kidney infection - your looking at a week or two -.

In brief: 1-3 days

The right antibiotics in a 'normal' person - with a simple UTI - your looking at feeling better in a few hours - continue the meds b/c you want to kill every last one of those suckers in your bladder - if your talking 'pyelonephritis' or a kidney infection - your looking at a week or two -.
Dr. Jonathan Leibowitz
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Dr. Cynthia Point
Internal Medicine

In brief: 3 - 5 days

A typical case of bladder infection is usually treated for 3 days, and the symptoms usually begin to ease up by the 3rd day.
The discomfort may last a few more days however. If you are running a fever and continue to suffer after the 3 days, contact your doctor.

In brief: 3 - 5 days

A typical case of bladder infection is usually treated for 3 days, and the symptoms usually begin to ease up by the 3rd day.
The discomfort may last a few more days however. If you are running a fever and continue to suffer after the 3 days, contact your doctor.
Dr. Cynthia Point
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Dr. Kristi Moffat
Family Medicine

In brief: 2 days

The symptoms of a urinary tract infection usually go away in about 2 days.
The infection does not go away until all of the treatment is completed.

In brief: 2 days

The symptoms of a urinary tract infection usually go away in about 2 days.
The infection does not go away until all of the treatment is completed.
Dr. Kristi Moffat
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Dr. Leonard Spishakoff
Addiction Medicine

In brief: 3-10 days

If a bladder infection research shows 3 days same as 10 days of antibiotics however an upper UTI ie kidney 10 to 14 days with careful follow-up.

In brief: 3-10 days

If a bladder infection research shows 3 days same as 10 days of antibiotics however an upper UTI ie kidney 10 to 14 days with careful follow-up.
Dr. Leonard Spishakoff
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Dr. Kenneth Cheng
Family Medicine

In brief: 1-5 days

A urinary tract infection, without complications (kidney infection, sepsis, etc.
), should resolve with the appropriate antibiotics in a matter of a few days. It is important, when being treated with antibiotics, to take the entire course of the antibiotics that was prescribed. Always consult your doctor, especially if not improving or if worsening.

In brief: 1-5 days

A urinary tract infection, without complications (kidney infection, sepsis, etc.
), should resolve with the appropriate antibiotics in a matter of a few days. It is important, when being treated with antibiotics, to take the entire course of the antibiotics that was prescribed. Always consult your doctor, especially if not improving or if worsening.
Dr. Kenneth Cheng
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