What is a UTI?
A UTI is a urinary tract infection, which can involve any part of your urinary system, including the urethra, ureters, bladder and kidneys. It means that you have bacteria (germs) in your urine (pee). UTIs are common and easily treated. Anyone can get a UTI, regardless of their sex.
What are symptoms of a UTI?
Pain/discomfort when you urinate
How is a UTI treated?
A doctor may get a sample of your urine to determine the type of bacteria and the appropriate treatment. If you’ve had UTIs before, a sample may not be necessary, but you will still need a prescription to get treatment. Antibiotics are typically used to treat UTIs and symptoms usually improve within 24-48 hours.
Avoid alcohol, citrus, coffee, and spices that could irritate your bladder. It’s important to get treatment for a UTI because if you leave it untreated, it can worsen and become a kidney infection in some cases which can be a serious complication.
How do I prevent a UTI?
Urinate after sexual intercourse.
Does cranberry juice help?
Many people believe that cranberry juice can help prevent and treat UTIs. There is not enough evidence to suggest this, but there’s no harm in staying hydrated by drinking cranberry juice. More studies are being done to determine if cranberry juice is helpful in preventing recurring UTIs.
What if I keep getting more UTIs?
Some people get UTIs more often than others. If you get UTIs frequently, you should discuss treatment options with your doctor. It’s especially important to contact a doctor if your symptoms include fever, vomiting, or back pain.
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