Urinary Tract Infection

Also indexed as:Bladder Infection, Cystitis, Honeymoon Cystitis, UTI
Urgency? Frequency? Could be a UTI. Triggered by bacteria, UTI, or urinary tract infection, can occur in the kidneys, bladder, or urethra. According to research or other evidence, the following self-care steps may be helpful.
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Urgency? Frequency? Could be a UTI. Triggered by bacteria, UTI, or urinary tract infection, can occur in the kidneys, bladder, or urethra. According to research or other evidence, the following self-care steps may be helpful.
  • Check out cranberry

    To treat and to prevent recurrences, drink 4 to 10 ounces (114 to 296 ml) of cranberry juice a day or take 400 mg of powdered cranberry concentrate twice a day

  • Try for some over-the-counter relief

    Try phenazopyridine (Azo-Standard) or products containing methenamine (Cystex) to relieve urinary pain associated with a UTI

  • Try an enzyme preparation

    To enhance antibiotic effectiveness, take 400 mg a day of proteolytic enzymes, such as bromelain and trypsin

  • Aim for a strong immune system with a multivitamin

    Take one a day to avoid vitamin and mineral deficiencies and to better resist infections

  • If you have a UTI, see a doctor

    Existing infections may require treatment; antibiotics like ciprofloxacin (Cipro), sulfamethoxazole/trimethoprim (Septra DS, BactrimDS), and nitrofurantoin (Macrobid) are often prescribed for UTIs

  • Control discomfort

    Prescription-strength phenazopyridine (Pyridium) is often prescribed to treat urinary pain

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