Infected Urine Treatment
Treatment for a urinary tract infection includes encouraging fluids, pain medication, and antibiotics. Most uncomplicated urinary tract infections can be treated at home. Upper urinary tract infections such as pyelonephritis are usually treated in the hospital. In rare cases, a urinary tract infection may require surgery, in order to remove infected tissue.
Treatment for a urinary tract infection includes:
- Oral rehydration therapy for older children and adults:
- Drink clear liquids only, such as water, sports drinks (best), fruit juice and dilute tea.
- Drink small quantities of fluids frequently, such as 2 tablespoons of fluid every 5 minutes.
- The absence of food allows the intestines to rest.
- May be able to advance to full liquid diet once symptoms improve
- Effective to treat mild to moderate dehydration
- Intravenous fluids:
- Phenazopyridine (Pyridium):
- Relieves bladder pain
- May turn the urine orange
- Medications for nausea and vomiting:
- Antibiotics for a urinary tract infection:
- Trimethoprim (Proloprim, Trimpex)
- Trimethoprim sulfamethoxazole (Bactrim, Cotrim, Septra)
- Ampicillin (Marcillin, Omnipen, Polycillin)
- Amoxicillin (Trimox, Amoxil, Biomox)
- Amoxicillin and clavulanate (Augmentin)
- Nitrofurantoin (Furadantin, Macrobid, Macrodantin)
- Gentamicin (Garamycin, Gentacidin)
- Ceftriaxone (Rocephin)
- Cefotaxime (Claforan)
- Cefixime (Suprax)
- Cefpodoxime (Vantin)
- Ciprofloxacin (Cipro)
- Ofloxacin (Floxin)
- Levofloxacin (Levaquin)
- Fosfomycin (Monurol)
- Ertapenem (Invanz)
- Surgery for urinary tract infection:
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Infected Urine Questions For Doctor
The following are some important questions to ask before and after the treatment of urinary tract 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?
- Am I contagious?
- For how long?
- 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?
- What else can I do to reduce my risk for having an urinary tract infection again?
- How often will I need to see my doctor for checkups?
- What local support and other resources are available?
Infected Urine Specialist
Physicians from the following specialties evaluate and treat a urinary tract infection:
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