Urinary Tract Infection

ExitCare ImageA urinary tract infection (UTI) can occur any place along the urinary tract. The tract includes the kidneys, ureters, bladder, and urethra. A type of germ called bacteria often causes a UTI. UTIs are often helped with antibiotic medicine.

HOME CARE

  • If given, take antibiotics as told by your doctor. Finish them even if you start to feel better.

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

  • Avoid tea, drinks with caffeine, and bubbly (carbonated) drinks.

  • Pee often. Avoid holding your pee in for a long time.

  • Pee before and after having sex (intercourse).

  • Wipe from front to back after you poop (bowel movement) if you are a woman. Use each tissue only once.

GET HELP RIGHT AWAY IF:

  • You have back pain.

  • You have lower belly (abdominal) pain.

  • You have chills.

  • You feel sick to your stomach (nauseous).

  • You throw up (vomit).

  • Your burning or discomfort with peeing does not go away.

  • You have a fever.

  • Your symptoms are not better in 3 days.

MAKE SURE YOU:

  • Understand these instructions.

  • Will watch your condition.

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