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Are antibiotics the most efficient way to get rid of a UTI?

By Anonymous April 20, 2015 - 12:19pm
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I have had a UTI for a few days now. I have been drinking a lot of water and taking cranberry supplements but have not improved much. Should I take antibiotics to get rid of this infection?

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Hi Anon,

Thank you for sharing your question with the EmpowHER community.

The key word in your question is "efficient".  As you know, UTI (Urinary Tract Infections) can cause serious discomfort. The kind of discomfort that make you want relief fast.  Symptoms can include some or all; pain, burning sensation, constant feeling for the need to urinate and blood in urine.

If you want relief quickly and efficiently, then antiobiotics are the standard treatment. However,  UTI symptoms have been known to improve over time, in healthy women without the use of antibiotics, but again,  it takes time.   

UTI symptoms can be quite miserable and typically get a lot worse before it gets better.

Bacteria gaining access to the urinary tract due to contamination of feces or sexual activity are the usual suspect.

There are some natural health treatments like the supplements you are currently taking.  Are you also drinking cranberry juice along with the water?  

If you want to avoid the antibiotics, then it will take some time.  If you want efficient relief, then antibiotics are standard treatment.  

I would recommend getting checked out by your doctor to confirm it is indeed a UTI and discussing the different options.

I hope this helps.

Be well,


April 20, 2015 - 3:17pm
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