Urinary Tract Infection

A urinary tract infection (UTI) is often caused by a germ (bacteria). A UTI is usually helped with medicine (antibiotics) that kills germs. Take all the medicine until it is gone. Do this even if you are feeling better. You are usually better in 7 to 10 days.

HOME CARE

  • Drink enough water and fluids to keep your pee (urine) clear or pale yellow. Drink:

  • Cranberry juice.

  • Water.

  • Avoid:

  • Caffeine.

  • Tea.

  • Bubbly (carbonated) drinks.

  • Alcohol.

  • Only take medicine as told by your doctor.

  • To prevent further infections:

  • Pee often.

  • After pooping (bowel movement), women should wipe from front to back. Use each tissue only once.

  • Pee before and after having sex (intercourse).

Ask your doctor when your test results will be ready. Make sure you follow up and get your test results.

GET HELP RIGHT AWAY IF:

  • There is very bad back pain or lower belly (abdominal) pain.

  • You get the chills.

  • You have a fever.

  • Your baby is older than 3 months with a rectal temperature of 102° F (38.9° C) or higher.

  • Your baby is 3 months old or younger with a rectal temperature of 100.4° F (38° C) or higher.

  • You feel sick to your stomach (nauseous) or throw up (vomit).

  • There is continued burning with peeing.

  • Your problems are not better in 3 days. Return sooner if you are getting worse.

MAKE SURE YOU:

  • Understand these instructions.

  • Will watch your condition.

  • Will get help right away if you are not doing well or get worse.