Dr. Akl explains the best way for a woman to advocate for herself when she suspects she has a urinary tract infection (UTI) and recalls the most effective treatment options.
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Advocating for Yourself About Urinary Tract Infection If a woman suspects that she has the symptoms of a urinary tract infection she should see her physician to get a urine test, which is a urine culture and sensitivity, to get the appropriate treatment with an appropriate antibiotic based on the results of the urine culture and sensitivity rather than seeking over-the-counter bladder remedies and/or antibiotics empirically. Generally, a urinary tract infection is treated with a short course of oral antibiotics. However, if the urinary tract infection extends to the kidneys a condition called the pyelonephritis can occur, which is more serious condition which needs admission to the hospital for intravenous antibiotics and imaging of the kidneys, if needed.
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