Can anyone give me some advice? I went to the ER almost 2 weeks ago to be treated for a serious UTI. I was given Bactrim, had an allergic reaction. Was given cipro, had an allergic reaction. Just finished a full 10 day of Macrobid. I'm normally bad with taking antibiotics but this time I took the full thing, never missed a dose , follow all directions the pharmacist gave me. I went to doctors to do a urinalysis and the Macrobid didn't even do anything. Now I'm going to be given another antibioic to try. What else can I do to help? I never have pain when I get UTIs, just the frequent urination. I'm very frustrated.
Recurrent UTIs (urinary tract infections) are particularly common in women. A urinary tract infection occurs when bacteria enter the urinary tract and cause inflammation. UTI's are common in woman mainly because of the female anatomy. The rectum and urinary tract are close together and bacteria can easily enter and cause an infection. Other causes of recurrent UTI's include kidney or bladder stones, diabetes, menopause, intercourse or an abnormality of the urinary tract.
A urologist could help determine the cause.
Normally UTIs respond very well to antibiotics, and you may only need to take medication for a few days. For recurrent UTIs, antibiotics may be needed for 10 days or more. Some strategies to prevent recurrent UTIs with antibiotics include taking low-dose antibiotics for six months or taking antibiotics after sexual intercourse.
Some simple things you can do to help prevent UTIs include drinking lots of fluids, keeping the genital area clean, wearing cotton underwear, and wiping from front to back after a bowel movement or urination. Drinking cranberry juice and taking vitamin C supplements may also help by making your urine more acidic, which decreases the growth of bacteria, although this is yet to be proven.
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