There are several indicators to look for. These include:
If you have any or all of the signs above, come into Hillcrest Family Medical Clinic for a UTI test. Dr. Berger can test your urine sample quickly and easily to confirm whether you have a UTI.
Because UTIs are bacterial infections, they respond well to antibiotics in most cases. Dr. Berger may prescribe an antibiotic such as Bactrim, Septra, Monurol, Macrodantin, or Keflex for your UTI. These drugs are taken every day for anywhere from three to seven days. Usually, the antibiotics will quickly start to destroy the harmful bacteria and you'll begin to feel better within a day or so. Be sure to take the entire prescription of antibiotics, even after the pain and other symptoms are resolved.
For patients who have chronic UTIs, a different approach may be needed. This may include options like long-term use of low-dose antibiotics or single large doses of antibiotics after sexual intercourse.
While UTIs can't always be prevented, there are several precautions that can be very helpful. These include:
Women are much more likely to develop UTIs than men because bacteria can more easily enter the urethra in a woman. Additionally, birth control methods like the diaphragm can increase UTI risk in women. Any patient who has a compromised immune system is more likely to get UTIs because the body can't fight bacteria as easily.
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