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Online UTI Treatment and Antibiotics
What is a UTI?
UTI stands for Urinary Tract Infection. It is an infection that can occur in any part of the urinary system, including the kidneys, ureters, bladder, and urethra.
UTIs are relatively common, affecting around 1 in 2 women and 1 in 20 men at some point in their lives. Women are more prone to UTIs because they have a shorter urethra, which makes it easier for bacteria to travel from the outside of the body to the bladder. People who are pregnant, have diabetes or have a weakened immune system are also at increased risk for developing a UTI.
If left untreated, a UTI can lead to serious complications, such as kidney damage. For most people, however, a UTI can be effectively treated with antibiotics.
Types of UTIs
There are three main types of UTI: cystitis, urethritis, and pyelonephritis.
- Cystitis is an infection of the bladder that is characterized by pain and burning during urination, cloudy urine, and a strong urge to urinate.
- Urethritis is an infection of the urethra that is characterized by pain during urination, cloudy urine, and discharge from the penis or vagina.
- Pyelonephritis is an infection of the kidneys that is characterized by fever, chills, back pain, nausea, and vomiting.
What causes a UTI?
A urinary tract infection (UTI) is caused by bacteria that enter the urinary tract. The most common type of bacteria that cause UTIs is Escherichia coli (E. coli). Other bacteria that can cause UTIs include Klebsiella, Proteus, Pseudomonas, and Staphylococcus saprophyticus.
A urinary tract infection (UTI) can cause a variety of symptoms, depending on the location of the infection and its severity. The most common symptom is a burning sensation when urinating. Other symptoms may include:
- frequently and urgently needing to urinate
- cloudy urine
- blood in the urine
- strong or foul-smelling urine
- pain in the side, abdomen, or pelvic area
- pressure in the lower pelvis
If the infection spreads to the kidneys, it can cause more severe symptoms such as fever, chills, and nausea.
UTI risk factors
- Female anatomy: Women are at a greater risk for UTIs than men. This is primarily because the the length of the urethra is shorter in women, which leaves a shorter distance for bacteria to travel to get to the bladder. Also the urethra is closer to the anus in women, which makes it easier for bacteria that linger around the anus, such as E.
- Being sexually active: Sexual activity can increase the risk of UTIs in women. During intercourse, bacteria from the genital area can be pushed into the urethra, leading to infections. Regular urination before and after sexual activity can help flush out any introduced bacteria and reduce the risk.
- Diabetes: People with diabetes have a weakened immune system, which makes it harder for their bodies to fight off infections, including UTIs. Additionally, elevated blood sugar levels can promote bacteria growth.
- Pregnancy: Pregnant women are at increased risk for UTIs, particularly later in pregnancy. This is due to hormonal changes and the growing fetus that can put pressure on the bladder and urinary tract, preventing urine from completely emptying from the bladder, which creates a breeding ground for bacteria.
- Certain birth control methods: Women who use diaphragms as a form of birth control might be at a higher risk of UTIs, especially if they also use spermicidal agents. These agents can increase bacterial growth and alter the natural balance of organisms in the vagina.
- Enlarged prostate: In men, an enlarged prostate can prevent the bladder from emptying fully. Residual urine can provide an environment for bacteria to grow. The enlarged prostate can block the flow of urine, increasing the risk of infection.
- Menopause: After menopause, a decline in circulating estrogen can lead to changes in the urinary tract that make you more vulnerable to infections. The thinning of the urinary tract lining, reduced bladder elasticity, and alterations in the balance of the vaginal flora can contribute to increased UTI risk.
Each of these factors can increase the risk of UTI. It’s always important for individuals to be aware of their own risk factors and take preventive measures when possible.
How is a UTI treated?
UTIs are typically treated with antibiotics. In most cases, the infection will clear up within a few days of starting treatment. However, some people may experience recurrent UTIs, which may require long-term antibiotic therapy or other interventions.
Some over-the-counter UTI medication can also be used to alleviate the symptoms.
If you think you may have a UTI, it is important to see your healthcare provider so that you can start treatment as soon as possible.
The most common antibiotics used to treat UTIs are:
Each of these antibiotics works by killing the bacteria that cause the infection. However, they all have different side effects and risks, so it’s important to talk to a doctor about which one is right for you.
How to prevent UTIs?
There are several things you can do to help prevent UTIs:
- Drink plenty of fluids. Water helps to flush out bacteria from the urinary system.
- Urinate when you need to. Holding in urine can allow bacteria to grow.
- Wipe from front to back after using the restroom. This helps to prevent bacteria from entering the urethra.
- Avoid using feminine hygiene products that can irritate the urethra. These include douches, perfumed sprays, and powders.
- Urinate after sexual intercourse. This helps to flush out any bacteria that may have entered the urinary system during sex.
- See your healthcare provider for regular checkups and screenings. This is especially important if you have diabetes or a weakened immune system.
Get your UTI treated online with DrHouse!
If you think you may have a UTI, DrHouse can help. We offer on-demand online consultations with licensed healthcare professionals who can diagnose and treat your UTI.
Our clinicians will work with you to develop a treatment plan that is right for you. We can also provide you with an online prescription for UTI antibiotics if medically appropriate.
With DrHouse, there’s no need to wait in line at the doctor’s office. So get started now and feel better tomorrow!
PS! We cannot treat men’s Urinary Tract Infections without lab tests. Our providers must review your lab results to provide a treatment plan.
The content on this page has been medically reviewed for accuracy and comprehensiveness by Amy Dougherty, FNP-BC, AGAC
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Frequently asked questions
Can an online doctor treat a UTI?
There are many conditions that an online doctor can effectively treat. One of these is a UTI (urinary tract infection). Online doctors can diagnose a UTI based on your symptoms and determine the best course of treatment. At DrHouse you can make an on-demand visit with an online doctor within 15 minutes to get a diagnosis and a treatment plan for your UTI. PS! We require lab tests for men’s UTIs!
Do you need a prescription for a UTI?
UTIs are most often treated by antibiotics, which require a prescription. With the DrHouse app, you can easily consult with a doctor online and get an online prescription for UTI antibiotics if it is determined that this is the best course of treatment for you. PS! We require lab tests for men’s UTIs!
Can I get UTI antibiotics online?
Yes, you can get UTI antibiotics online through the DrHouse app. We can connect you with a licensed doctor who can prescribe UTI antibiotics if it is determined that this is the best course of treatment for your condition. PS! We require lab tests for men’s UTIs!
What are the best antibiotics for a UTI?
There are a number of different antibiotics that can be used to treat a UTI. The best antibiotic for you will depend on the cause of your infection and your individual health condition. The doctors at DrHouse can help you determine the best antibiotic for your UTI and prescribe it for you if necessary. PS! We require lab tests for men’s UTIs!
Can I get UTI treatment without seeing a doctor?
There are some over-the-counter medicines that can help relieve the symptoms of a UTI, but it is generally recommended that you consult with a doctor to get a proper diagnosis and treatment plan. With the DrHouse app, you can easily consult with a doctor online and get the care you need for your UTI. PS! We require lab tests for men’s UTIs!
What is the strongest antibiotic for a UTI?
The strongest antibiotic for a UTI will depend on the cause of your infection and your individual health condition. The doctors at DrHouse can help you determine the best antibiotic for your UTI and prescribe it for you online if necessary. PS! We require lab tests for men’s UTIs!
Will antibiotics clear up a UTI?
In most cases, yes. Antibiotics are the most effective treatment for UTIs and will usually clear up the infection within a few days. However, some UTIs may require more aggressive treatment, so it is always best to consult with a doctor to get a proper diagnosis and treatment plan.
How quickly do antibiotics work for a UTI?
Usually, antibiotics start working within a few days to clear up a UTI. However, it is important to finish all prescribed antibiotics, even if you start feeling better. Stopping too early can allow the bacteria to continue growing, leading to a relapse of the infection. If you have any questions or concerns about taking antibiotics for your UTI, you can easily make an on-demand visit with an online doctor with the DrHouse app. PS! We require lab tests for men’s UTIs!
Can a UTI go away on its own?
It is generally recommended that you consult a doctor to get a proper diagnosis and treatment plan. UTIs often require antibiotics to clear the infection and, if left untreated, can lead to serious health complications. With the DrHouse app, you can easily consult a doctor online and get treatment for your UTI. PS! We require lab tests for men’s UTIs!
How long can a urinary tract infection last without treatment?
A UTI can last for a few days to a week without treatment. However, it is generally recommended that you consult a doctor for a proper diagnosis and treatment plan. UTIs often require antibiotics to clear the infection and, if left untreated, can lead to serious health complications.