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How to Cure a Urinary Track Infection

by Krissi Maarx
  • Overview

    More than 8 million annual doctor visits are for urinary tract infections, according to the National Kidney and Urologic Diseases Information Clearinghouse. It is the second most common type of infection, usually caused by E. coli within the urethra. An untreated infection can lead to permanent kidney damage, so it's important that you consult a physician. Medical treatment and preventative steps can help you recover and avoid recurring infections.
 
  • Step 1

    Contact a physician if you experience symptoms of a urinary tract infection. One symptom is a constant urge to urinate, though you may pass only a small amount of urine. Other symptoms include cloudy or bloody urine and a burning sensation when you urinate. A severe infection may cause fever, nausea and lower-back pain.
  • Step 2

    Drink full glasses of water throughout the day, and avoid alcohol and caffeinated beverages. Water will help you flush some of the bacteria from your urinary tract, while alcohol and caffeine may increase your urge to urinate and cause additional irritation.
  • Step 3

    Give your physician a sample of your urine, and follow his instructions for preventing contamination of the sample. Clean your genital area and collect midstream urine for a proper sample. A urinalysis will determine the best course of treatment, because it identifies the bacteria responsible for the infection.
  • Step 4

    Follow your doctor's treatment recommendations, and take medications as prescribed. Treatment usually includes a course of antibiotics, such as amoxicillin, and symptoms may diminish within 48 hours. Finish the full course of antibiotics unless directed otherwise by your physician. Your doctor may also prescribe an analgesic to ease the painful urination.
  • Step 5

    Discuss prevention of urinary-tract infections with your doctor. Twenty percent of women experience recurring infections, according to the National Kidney and Urologic Diseases Information Clearinghouse. Your doctor can help you determine the best preventative measures for your lifestyle and medical history.
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  • Water Urinalysis Antibotics (if prescribed by physician)
  • Water
  • Urinalysis
  • Antibotics (if prescribed by physician)
  • Drink pure cranberry juice to help prevent infection. Cranberry may stop bacteria from adhering to the urinary tract, according to American Family Physician.
  • Drink pure cranberry juice to help prevent infection. Cranberry may stop bacteria from adhering to the urinary tract, according to American Family Physician.

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