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Treatments for Urinary Tract Infections

UTI Treatments

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Updated June 10, 2014

Traditional Urinary Tract Infections Treatments

  • Antibiotics

Antibiotic treatment is necessary when you have a urinary tract infection or UTI. While you may feel better using one of the alternatives listed below, or after taking only part of your antibiotic prescription, it's important that you take the full prescribed treatment to assure that your UTI is completely gone to reduce your risk of recurrent UTIs.

Alternative Urinary Tract Infections Treatments

  • Cranberry juice often helps to reduce frequency of bladder infections - cranberry herbal supplements are available over-the-counter and many women find they work amazingly quickly when an UTI has occurred, however, a physician's diagnosis is still necessary even if cranberry juice or herbals reduce pain or symptoms.
  • Azo-Standard is available OTC and often relieves the pain associated with urinary tract infections; however it does not cure the underlying infection and you must see your health care provider for traditional treatment.
  • Some doctors recommend taking 500 IU Vitamin C daily as soon as you notice any sign of UTI to lessen the severity of your infection.

What are the symptoms of Urinary Tract Infections?

Visit our Women's Health Symptoms Guide Index for more information about urinary tract infections and other women's health conditions.

See also:

Return to our Women's Health Treatments Guide

Remember it is always your choice to seek a second opinion if you are uncomfortable or have any unanswered questions about the treatment recommended by your health care provider.

Source:

Urinary Tract Infection. Medline Plus. http://www.nlm.nih.gov/medlineplus/ency/article/000521.htm. Accessed 08/24/2009.

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