Urinary Tract Infection In Women
WHAT YOU SHOULD KNOW:
A urinary tract infection (UTI) is caused by bacteria that get inside your urinary tract. Your urinary tract includes your kidneys, ureters, bladder, and urethra. Urine is made in your kidneys, and it flows from the ureters to the bladder. Urine leaves the bladder through the urethra. A UTI is more common in your lower urinary tract, which includes your bladder and urethra.
AFTER YOU LEAVE:
- Antibiotics: This medicine is given to fight or prevent an infection caused by bacteria. Always take your antibiotics exactly as ordered by your healthcare provider. Do not stop taking your medicine unless directed by your healthcare provider. Never save antibiotics or take leftover antibiotics that were given to you for another illness.
- Urinary tract medicines: These decrease pain and burning when you urinate. They will also help decrease the feeling that you need to urinate often. These medicines will make your urine orange or red.
- Take your medicine as directed. Call your healthcare provider if you think your medicine is not helping or if you have side effects. Tell him if you are allergic to any medicine. Keep a list of the medicines, vitamins, and herbs you take. Include the amounts, and when and why you take them. Bring the list or the pill bottles to follow-up visits. Carry your medicine list with you in case of an emergency.
Follow up with your healthcare provider as directed:
Write down your questions so you remember to ask them during your visits.
Prevent another UTI:
- Urinate when you feel the urge: Do not hold your urine. Urinate as soon as you feel you have to.
- Drink plenty of liquids: This may help you urinate more often. Ask how much liquid you should drink each day and which liquids are right for you.
Taking birth control pills during antibiotic treatment:
Birth control pills may not work as well while you are taking certain antibiotic medicines. If you are taking birth control pills, ask if you need to use another form of birth control, such as condoms.
Contact your primary healthcare provider if:
- You have a fever.
- You have white or yellow discharge from your vagina.
- You do not feel better after 2 days of taking antibiotics.
- You have questions or concerns about your condition or care.
Seek care immediately or call 911 if:
- You are urinating very little or not at all.
- You are vomiting.
- You have a high fever with shaking chills.
- You have side or back pain that gets worse.
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The above information is an educational aid only. It is not intended as medical advice for individual conditions or treatments. Talk to your doctor, nurse or pharmacist before following any medical regimen to see if it is safe and effective for you.
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