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Will any antibiotics help a UTI? I have some for an ear infection that I never took

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Dr. Hunter Handsfield
Internal Medicine - Infectious Disease
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In brief: Probably not

The bacteria causing ear infections and UTI are quite different; the same antibiotic isn't reliable.
And since you are male, the odds are your symptoms aren't due to a UTI anyway. UTI's are rare in men below age 40 or so; the main causes of similar symptoms (like discharge, painful urination) are STDs, especially gonorrhea, chlamydia, or nongonococcal urethritis. Do not self-treat; get care ASAP.

In brief: Probably not

The bacteria causing ear infections and UTI are quite different; the same antibiotic isn't reliable.
And since you are male, the odds are your symptoms aren't due to a UTI anyway. UTI's are rare in men below age 40 or so; the main causes of similar symptoms (like discharge, painful urination) are STDs, especially gonorrhea, chlamydia, or nongonococcal urethritis. Do not self-treat; get care ASAP.
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Dr. James Lin
Urology

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Without knowing what antibiotics you're prescribed for ear infection, it is hard to say if that one is suitable for UTI, which, if uncomplicated, is treated with a 3-5-day course of nitrofurantoin or sulfa with trimethoprim or one of cephalosporins.
More on UTI? Go to articles listed in http://formefirst.com/onUTI.html. For life reality, To http://formefirst.com/onLifeBasics.html/ Best wish to...

In brief: Here are some...

Without knowing what antibiotics you're prescribed for ear infection, it is hard to say if that one is suitable for UTI, which, if uncomplicated, is treated with a 3-5-day course of nitrofurantoin or sulfa with trimethoprim or one of cephalosporins.
More on UTI? Go to articles listed in http://formefirst.com/onUTI.html. For life reality, To http://formefirst.com/onLifeBasics.html/ Best wish to...
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