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The first step in treating urinary tract infections is prevention. Prevention measures include drinking plenty of fluids, urinating as soon as possible when the urge is felt, and drinking cranberry juice, which may have infection-fighting qualities.
For women, prevention measures include urinating promptly after having sexual intercourse, wiping the genital area from front to back after urinating or defecating, and not using douches or deodorant feminine products. These can be irritating to the genitals.
Early recognition and treatment of bladder infections often result in a cure without complications in generally healthy people. Treatment includes an antibiotic medication, such as amoxicillin or ciprofloxacin, nitrofurantoin, or sulfamethoxazole-trimethoprim. Bacterial prostatitis and pyelonephritis are also treated with antibiotics if the infecting microorganism is bacterial.
For urinary tract infections that have resulted in complications, such as kidney damage or sepsis, hospital care is generally necessary. This may include intravenous antibiotics and intensive care and life support in some cases. People most likely to be hospitalized include the elderly, people who live in long-term care, and those with chronic conditions that affect the immune system, such as HIV/AIDS or diabetes.
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Review the treatment information pages for various causes of Urinary tract infection:
More causes: not all possible causes for Urinary tract infection are listed above; for a full list refer to causes of Urinary tract infection.
Only your doctor can advise whether any of these treatments are appropriate for your specific medical situation. Always discuss all treatment options with your doctor before making a decision, including whether to start or discontinue any treatment plan.
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