How is Urinary Tract Infection (UTI) treated?

Bacterial UTI's are treated with antibiotics. The specific antibiotic chosen will depend largely on the bacteria present, and treatment usually runs somewhere between three and fourteen days (though severe infections may be treated for longer periods of time).

Recovery Time

Specific recovery time will vary based on the treatment used and should be discussed with your doctor. If you still have symptoms after the timeframe given by your doctor, you should return for a re-check.

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Sexual Activity

Care should be taken with sexual activity as it is known to promote UTI's. Additionally, use of spermicidal gels increase the risk of developing a urinary tract infection. Urinating after sex, or gently cleaning the area around the urethra can help to reduce the risk of a sexually related UTI.

Mark Riegel, MD

Quick snapshot

Can it be cured?

Yes. Urinary tract infections are easily treated with antibiotics.

Type of Infection

Bacterial. UTI's are caused by a variety of bacteria.

How is it treated?

Antibiotics. Various antibiotics are used depending on the offending bacterium.

Recovery Time

Variable. Specific time for recovery is dependent on the medication prescribed.

Can I have sex?

No. Sex is not recommended as it can promote movement of bacteria.

Can I get re-infected?

Yes. There is roughly a 20% probability of re-infection.