Treatments

Urinary Tract Infection Treatments

Treatment for UTIs may include:

  • Antibiotics (Recurrent UTIs may be treated with a low-dose antibiotic for several months.)
  • Pain medication
  • Localized heat for pain relief 

Lifestyle changes include:

  • Drinking plenty of water to help eliminate bacteria from the urinary tract
  • Avoiding alcohol, coffee and spicy foods 
  • Practicing good personal hygiene

Preventing urinary tract infections

Try these steps to reduce your chances of getting a urinary tract infection:

  • Make a habit of drinking plenty of fluids daily.
  • Do not “hold” your urine when you have the urge, unless directed to do so by your physician when “retraining” your bladder.
  • After urinating or defecating, women should wipe from front to back to keep bacteria from the anal area from infecting the vagina or urethra.
  • Take showers rather than baths.
  • Clean the genital area before and after sex.
  • Urinate before and after sex.
  • Avoid feminine hygiene sprays or scented douches.
  • Wear cotton underwear and avoid tight-fitting clothes to help keep the groin dry. 
  • Acidify your urine by drinking juice with large amounts of vitamin C, such as cranberry juice. 

Please talk with your healthcare provider with any questions or concerns you may have about UTIs.