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Hide and seek might have been fun as a kid, but dealing with a Urinary Tract Infection (UTI) is a game no one wants to play! Left untreated, UTIs could spread to the kidneys, risking permanent damage.1 Let’s get a few things straight: first, make sure you have a UTI; second, get the proper help and attention for your UTI; third, make sure it’s GONE.
UTI Symptoms? Think Quick, Grab a Urinary Pain Reliever
When you suddenly feel the typical symptoms of a UTI, grab an over-the-counter (OTC) urinary pain reliever with Phenazopyridine Hydrochloride to help relieve those symptoms fast. Then immediately head to the doctor to determine if it actually is a UTI. For many, UTI symptoms include urinating often, burning and strong odor in your pee, blood in the urine and soreness or a feeling of fullness in the bladder or lower back.2 Sounds awful, right? Don’t even THINK about treating a possible urinary tract infection without the help of a medical professional. The bacteria that cause urinary tract infections can multiply at a frightening rate; so make moves fast!
Diagnose your UTI, Head to the Doctor
Suspect you have a UTI? A good idea is to find an OTC UTI test that you can take in the convenience of your own home. These UTI tests will give you fast results, and help your doctor make a quicker decision on whether or not antibiotics are necessary to treat your UTI, if that is the case. If you don’t have an OTC UTI test available, head straight to the doctor’s office! There’s a chance your doctor will want you to have a full pelvic exam to check for other infections, because UTI and sexually transmitted infection symptoms are sometimes similar. Either way, it’s better to be safe than sorry! Be sure to use your at home test kit before taking any urinary pain relievers to avoid inaccurate results.
Proper UTI Treatment
Once your UTI is officially diagnosed, your healthcare provider will prescribe a course of oral antibiotics to kill the bacteria causing your UTI. Generally, these UTI treatments lasts about seven days.3 You should start feeling better within two days, but don’t stop taking those antibiotics. The full course is needed to ensure the infection is properly treated. Ask your doctor if its ok to start taking cranberry during your UTI treatment so you’ll be on the road to maintaining a healthy urinary tract once your UTI is gone. If your UTI has become a kidney infection that causes fevers, chills and back pain, your doctor may have you treated with an IV because certain bacteria are resistant to oral drugs, and IVs work quicker than traditional oral antibiotics.
UTI Gone? Get the Green Light from the Doctor
Great, you have been taking your antibiotics regularly as prescribed and finally finished your UTI treatment—now what? Head back to the doc’s office! You’ll have to take another pee test to make sure you’re officially rid of that awful UTI. Never assume your urinary tract infection magically vanished on its own, because bacteria is “sticky,” and isn’t easily removed from the urinary tract. Better yet, head to the store to pick up a cranberry supplement, they help flush the urinary tract!
Make sure to get the proper treatment for a UTI from your doc, and once you know your UTI is gone, take cranberry to help maintain a healthy urinary tract.
1 See a Doctor for a UTI, http://consumer.healthday.com/encyclopedia/diseases-and-conditions-15/misc-diseases-and-conditions-news-203/urinary-tract-infections-647697.html
2 Signs of a UTI, http://www.womenshealth.gov/publications/our-publications/fact-sheet/urinary-tract-infection.html#c
3 How UTIs Are Treated, http://www.everydayhealth.com/urinary-tract-infection/urinary-tract-infection-treatment.aspx