Urinary Tract Infection (UTI) - Diagnosis & Treatment

How is a urinary tract infection (UTI) diagnosed?

Your doctor will ask you about your symptoms. To further check if you have a UTI, your doctor may recommend the following tests and procedures:

How is a UTI treated?

An antibiotic course is usually sufficient to treat simple UTIs. The choice and duration of antibiotic treatment depends on your medical history and the type of bacteria involved. Your doctor is likely to prescribe one of these antibiotics:

  • Amoxicillin
  • Sulfonamides
  • Nitrofurantoin
  • Cephalosporins
  • Trimethoprim or sulfamethoxazole
  • Doxycycline
  • Quinolones

It is important to complete the full course of antibiotics even after your symptoms have eased. This ensures you receive the full treatment and reduces your risk of recurrent infection.

Note: Women with recurring UTIs may need to take antibiotics daily for 3 – 6 months or after sexual intercourse.

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