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What are some treatments for recurrent utis?

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Dr. Glenn Skow
Family Medicine
9 doctors agree

In brief: First ask why?

While utis are common in females, recurrent ones, depending on frequency, is not.
Before determining treatment, it is important to find out why you have recurrent utis. It can be a structural problem like reflux or obstruction or it can be a matter of hygiene. It is important to see your doc to find out why.

In brief: First ask why?

While utis are common in females, recurrent ones, depending on frequency, is not.
Before determining treatment, it is important to find out why you have recurrent utis. It can be a structural problem like reflux or obstruction or it can be a matter of hygiene. It is important to see your doc to find out why.
Dr. Glenn Skow
Dr. Glenn Skow
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Dr. Michio Abe
Internal Medicine
7 doctors agree

In brief: Hiprex may be one

Recurrent utis can be due to urinary tract structural abnormalities, immune symtem compromise as in uncontrolled diabetes or hiv, or problems with secreting certain blood group antigens which can affect the ability of bacteria to attach to cells lining the urinary tract.
After you are evaluated for potential underlying causes, you could be put on prophylactic/suppressive antibiotcis or hiprex.

In brief: Hiprex may be one

Recurrent utis can be due to urinary tract structural abnormalities, immune symtem compromise as in uncontrolled diabetes or hiv, or problems with secreting certain blood group antigens which can affect the ability of bacteria to attach to cells lining the urinary tract.
After you are evaluated for potential underlying causes, you could be put on prophylactic/suppressive antibiotcis or hiprex.
Dr. Michio Abe
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Dr. Ralph Morgan Lewis
Family Medicine
7 doctors agree

In brief: Prevention helps

Wear loose, cotton underwear; wipe from front to back after bowel movement; drink plenty of fluids (water, cranberry juice; not caffeine or soda pop; limit oj); urinate as soon as you get urge to go, don't wait long time before going; urinate before and after sexual intercourse.
See doc to be evaluated/treated for interstitial cystitis, a more involved form of UTI if they continue to occur.

In brief: Prevention helps

Wear loose, cotton underwear; wipe from front to back after bowel movement; drink plenty of fluids (water, cranberry juice; not caffeine or soda pop; limit oj); urinate as soon as you get urge to go, don't wait long time before going; urinate before and after sexual intercourse.
See doc to be evaluated/treated for interstitial cystitis, a more involved form of UTI if they continue to occur.
Dr. Ralph Morgan Lewis
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Dr. Ralph Morgan Lewis
your doc may send urine sample for culture & sensitivity to determine what bacteria is/are causing the infxn so you can be treated with appropriate medicine
Dr. George Klauber
Pediatrics - Urology
2 doctors agree

In brief: The following:

Cranberry juice, tabs or gelcaps reduce recurrence rate by reducing adherence of bacteria to bladder wall.
Empty bladder after sex.Pull panties down to ankles & spread thighs widely to prevent labia from trapping urine, shower rather than bathe, wear cotton underpants and avoid wearing thongs.Drink plenty of water, urinate every 2 1/2 - 3 hours, avoid withholding urination.Antibiotics asap post uti.

In brief: The following:

Cranberry juice, tabs or gelcaps reduce recurrence rate by reducing adherence of bacteria to bladder wall.
Empty bladder after sex.Pull panties down to ankles & spread thighs widely to prevent labia from trapping urine, shower rather than bathe, wear cotton underpants and avoid wearing thongs.Drink plenty of water, urinate every 2 1/2 - 3 hours, avoid withholding urination.Antibiotics asap post uti.
Dr. George Klauber
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Dr. Vasudha Kaushik
Family Medicine
1 doctor agrees

In brief: Boost immunity

Taking a zinc supplement 50 mg/day (with food), vitamin D3 10k IU/day, and a good probiotic daily might help solve the problem since they all boost immunity and reduce inflammation and pain.
Give this a try, it may alleviate the need for meds.

In brief: Boost immunity

Taking a zinc supplement 50 mg/day (with food), vitamin D3 10k IU/day, and a good probiotic daily might help solve the problem since they all boost immunity and reduce inflammation and pain.
Give this a try, it may alleviate the need for meds.
Dr. Vasudha Kaushik
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Dr. John Leander Po
Internal Medicine - Infectious Disease
1 doctor agrees

In brief: Depends on cause

Treatment depends on cause- find this out, you'll then be able to treat it: 1.
Diabetes (control blood sugars) 2.Irritant (e.G soap too alkali) 3. Anatomical issues (urologic intervention) or 4. Physiologic problem (pharmacotherapy). Regardless, some situations demand a doctor's expertise (serious infection) others require prevention on your part (complete voiding, reduce risk of an std).

In brief: Depends on cause

Treatment depends on cause- find this out, you'll then be able to treat it: 1.
Diabetes (control blood sugars) 2.Irritant (e.G soap too alkali) 3. Anatomical issues (urologic intervention) or 4. Physiologic problem (pharmacotherapy). Regardless, some situations demand a doctor's expertise (serious infection) others require prevention on your part (complete voiding, reduce risk of an std).
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Dr. John Leander Po
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