Urinary Tract Infection Treatment Overview
If you have a urinary tract infection (or UTI), you will need to treat it with antibiotics. It may take up to 24 hours of being on antibiotics before you start feeling better. But there are at-home UTI treatments that can help with symptoms of urgency and pain while urinating.
These include drinking plenty of water, taking OTC pain relievers, and trying natural remedies like drinking cranberry juice and taking vitamin C.
If you develop a fever, lower abdominal pain, or severe flank pain, these may be signs of an infection that’s getting worse. You should get immediate medical care.
Contact your healthcare provider at the first signs of a UTI if you are immunocompromised or pregnant.
Medical tests & labs
- Urinalysis: Checks for an infection by looking at microscopic elements in the urine.
- Urine culture: Grows the bacteria in the urine to figure out what type it is and the best antibiotics to prescribe.
If you have an infection, your provider will likely prescribe an appropriate antibiotic.
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