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Might a urinary tract infection go away on its own or do you always have to take antibiotics?

6 doctors weighed in
Dr. David Fink
Family Medicine
3 doctors agree

In brief: Maybe with probiotic

It depends on how severe is the infection which really can't be determined without a urinalysis and urine culture.
However, cranberry tablets as mentioned may help, making your urine more acidic may keep bacteria from growing. Also, taking high-potency probiotics (5-10 billion colonies/capsule), which are "good" bacteria, may keep the infection in check and allow the body to clear the infection.

In brief: Maybe with probiotic

It depends on how severe is the infection which really can't be determined without a urinalysis and urine culture.
However, cranberry tablets as mentioned may help, making your urine more acidic may keep bacteria from growing. Also, taking high-potency probiotics (5-10 billion colonies/capsule), which are "good" bacteria, may keep the infection in check and allow the body to clear the infection.
Dr. David Fink
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Dr. Donald Alves
Emergency Medicine
2 doctors agree

In brief: Uncommon

If you are aware of the symptoms of a UTI very early in its course, perhaps forcing fluids and cranberry juice (or can eat the frozen juice concentrate like a gelatti) "might" resolve it.
In general, though, antibiotics are required.

In brief: Uncommon

If you are aware of the symptoms of a UTI very early in its course, perhaps forcing fluids and cranberry juice (or can eat the frozen juice concentrate like a gelatti) "might" resolve it.
In general, though, antibiotics are required.
Dr. Donald Alves
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Dr. Michael Ein
Internal Medicine - Infectious Disease
1 doctor agrees

In brief: No/Yes

They almost always require antibiotic treatment if it is a real urinary tract infection.
Many people have asymptomatic bacteriuria with bacteria growing on a urine culture but no signs or symptoms of infection. These patients, unless pregnant, do not benefit from antibiotic treatment.

In brief: No/Yes

They almost always require antibiotic treatment if it is a real urinary tract infection.
Many people have asymptomatic bacteriuria with bacteria growing on a urine culture but no signs or symptoms of infection. These patients, unless pregnant, do not benefit from antibiotic treatment.
Dr. Michael Ein
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