Urinary Tract Infections (UTI)
Urinary/ Bladder Uncomplicated Infections
You may experience some of the symptoms below:
Mister Pharmacist can only assess and prescribe for non-pregnant women over the age of 16.
How to treat an uncomplicated UTI?
The treatment for an uncomplicated urinary tract infection (UTI) typically involves taking a course of antibiotics. Mister Pharmacist will likely prescribe a medication that is effective against the specific type of bacteria causing your infection. The most common antibiotics used to treat UTIs are nitrofurantoin (a 5 day course) or fosfomycin (1 dose).
In addition to antibiotics, there are several things you can do to help alleviate symptoms and prevent the infection from recurring:
- Drink plenty of water to help flush bacteria out of your urinary tract
- Avoid caffeine and alcohol, which can irritate your bladder
- Take over-the-counter pain relievers, such as ibuprofen or acetaminophen, to alleviate discomfort or pain
- Apply a heating pad or take a warm bath to help relieve discomfort
- Avoid sexual intercourse until you have completed the course of antibiotics
- Empty your bladder before and after sexual intercourse.
See our blog 10 Natural Ways to treat an UTI
It's important to take the full course of antibiotics as prescribed, even if your symptoms improve before the medication is finished.
If you have recurrent UTIs, your doctor may recommend additional treatments such as a low-dose antibiotic daily regimen or self-start therapy, which can help to reduce the number of UTIs you experience.
Red Flags: Need to contact your doctor!
If you are pregnant, have severe symptoms like fever and chills, vomiting, blood in your urine, or if your symptoms have not improved after a few days of treatment, it is very important to see a doctor.
Other red flags include:
Flank or back pain (pain in the side or back below the ribs)
Had treatment for a urinary tract infection <4 weeks ago
Vaginal discharge, itching/irritation, or painful sexual intercourse
Symptoms lasting >2 weeks
Medical Emergency Screening