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If I have a urinary tract infection - should I drink a lot of water?

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Dr. Geoffrey Rutledge
Internal Medicine
2 doctors agree

In brief: Yes

For a bladder infection, reducing the time your urine remains in the bladder will help to clear it up.
So drink extra water and plan to go to the bathroom more often. Additional methods to kill the bacteria in the urine are usually needed - usually a short course of antibiotics. For urinary infections that are in the kidneys, a longer course of antibiotics is needed.

In brief: Yes

For a bladder infection, reducing the time your urine remains in the bladder will help to clear it up.
So drink extra water and plan to go to the bathroom more often. Additional methods to kill the bacteria in the urine are usually needed - usually a short course of antibiotics. For urinary infections that are in the kidneys, a longer course of antibiotics is needed.
Dr. Geoffrey Rutledge
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Dr. Katharine Garnier
While drinking more water, or adding cranberry juice or pills, may make the discomfort during urination(peeing) less, it doesn't kill the bacteria that causes the infection. It is best to see your doctor, to get check to be sure it is a urinary tract infection, and get it treated. You can suppress the symptoms with cranberry and lots of water but the bacteria can multiply and cause a kidney infection, which is more serious and can result in being hospitalized to treat it. Also, the feeling of burning on urination may not be from a urinary tract infection, but caused by other conditions, so it is best to have a doctor evaluate you thoroughly.
Dr. George Klauber
Pediatrics - Urology
1 doctor agrees

In brief: Yes

Drinking lots -> more urine produced which dilutes concentration of infection causing bacteria & increased frequency of urinating when bacteria are expelled fro the bladder.

In brief: Yes

Drinking lots -> more urine produced which dilutes concentration of infection causing bacteria & increased frequency of urinating when bacteria are expelled fro the bladder.
Dr. George Klauber
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Dr. Robert Dudley
Family Medicine

In brief: Yes

Drinking water is thought to help flush bacteria from the bladder and may help prevent or clear a urinary tract infection more quickly.
Antibiotics are frequently required to treat the infection.

In brief: Yes

Drinking water is thought to help flush bacteria from the bladder and may help prevent or clear a urinary tract infection more quickly.
Antibiotics are frequently required to treat the infection.
Dr. Robert Dudley
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