What should I do if I have a urinary tract infection?

See your doctor. Start drinking fluids & make an appointment with your doctor. Note all symptoms, including pain, back or side pain & fever. You may take Ibuprofen or Pyridium (phenazopyridine) for relief, but be sure to go in for a urine test and culture even if there is improvement. Do not take old or expired antibiotics, unless approved by your physician. If you get a prescription, take the full course without stopping/skipping.
Get checked. You physician will either send you for a urine analysis and culture, treat you with antibiotics , or both.

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What should I do if I have an ongoing urinary tract infection?

Get evaluated. A key point s to make sure that symptoms are truly caused by infection by getting urine cultured to document presence of bacteria. If UTIs are proven, then imaging tests should be done to rule out the presence of kidney stones or dilation of the kidneys, both of which can contribute to infection. A cystoscopy (look into bladder) should be done to assess for bladder abnormalities. See urologist. Read more...

What should I do if I think I have a urinary tract infection?

Urinalysis in office. Your doctor can often do a quick in office urinalysis to see if infection is likely. Then antibiotics can be started the same day. In most healthy patients a culture is optional unless they don't respond or have evidence of a kidney infection. Read more...