Stephen J. Schueler, M.D.

Bladder Infection Treatment

Treatment for most bladder infections includes oral antibiotics and medications to treat urinary pain. Healthy young females may only require antibiotic treatment for 3 days. Males, and females with underlying medical problems, require a longer course of antibiotic treatment. A bladder infection in a male requires additional testing, in order to look for abnormalities in the kidneys, ureters, bladder, or urethra. Almost all bladder infections resolve with treatment.

Treatment of a bladder infection includes:

Bladder Infection Antibiotics

Women who have bladder infections and who are not pregnant, receive antibiotics for one to three days. Pregnant women and males require antibiotic therapy for a longer period.

Antibiotic medications include:

Bladder Infection Pregnancy

Facts about the treatment of bladder infections in pregnant women:

  • The risk of bladder infection is the same for a pregnant woman as it is for a woman who is not pregnant.
  • Pregnant women are more likely to develop a kidney infection than a woman who is not pregnant. This is because the womb places pressure on the bladder. This can cause the urine to be pushed up through the ureters from the infected bladder, and into the kidneys.

Bladder Infection Questions For Doctor

The following are some important questions to ask before and after the treatment of a bladder infection.

Questions to ask before treatment:

  • What are my treatment options?
  • What are the risks associated with treatment?
  • Do I need to stay in the hospital?
    • How long will I be in the hospital?
  • What are the complications I should watch for?
  • How long will I be on medication?
  • What are the potential side effects of my medication?
  • Does my medication interact with nonprescription medicines or supplements?
  • Should I take my medication with food?

Questions to ask after treatment:
  • Do I need to change my diet?
  • Are there any medications or supplements I should avoid?
  • When can I resume my normal activities?
  • When can I return to work?
  • What else can I do to reduce my risk for urinary tract infection?
  • How often will I need to see my doctor for checkups?
  • What local support and other resources are available?

Bladder Infection Specialist

Physicians from the following specialties evaluate and treat bladder infections:

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Last Updated: Jun 2, 2011 References
Authors: Stephen J. Schueler, MD; John H. Beckett, MD; D. Scott Gettings, MD
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