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How To Manage UTI Symptoms Until Seeing A Doctor

How To Manage UTI Symptoms Until Seeing A Doctor

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The Waiting Is The Hardest Part

When you're dealing with a urinary tract infection (UTI), every moment can feel like forever. But while you're waiting to see a doctor or for antibiotics to work, there are ways to ease the discomfort.

First Line Of Defense

If you catch the UTI early, you can try AZO® Urinary Tract Defense. It has a pain reliever to soothe and a strong antibacterial agent to help control the infection until you can see your healthcare professional. If you're past that stage, you can quickly relieve UTI pain with over-the-counter options like AZO® Urinary Pain Relief® or for a higher dose, AZO® Urinary Pain Relief Maximum Strength.

Relieving UTI Discomfort While You Wait

Unfortunately, there's no over-the-counter fix for a UTI. Only a doctor can prescribe you the right antibiotics to clear up the bacteria causing it.

Quick treatment is key to getting better fast and avoiding bigger health problems. By managing your symptoms and following these UTI prevention tips, you can feel better until you see your doctor:

  1. Drink Plenty Of Fluids
    Drinking water helps flush bacteria from your urinary tract. Aim for 8–10 glasses a day to dilute your urine and pee more often, which helps flush out bacteria before an infection sets in.

  2. Foods & Drinks To Avoid With UTIs
    Certain drinks and foods can bother your bladder, like caffeine, alcohol, spicy foods, nicotine, fizzy drinks, and fake sugars. When seeking UTI relief, try to steer clear of these to reduce irritation and discomfort.

  3. Use Heat Therapy For UTI Pain Management
    A heating pad or warm cloth on your lower belly can ease pelvic pain or discomfort from a UTI. Just make sure it's not too hot to avoid hurting your skin.

  4. Practice Good Bathroom Hygiene
    To stop bacteria from spreading, always wipe from front to back after using the bathroom. And try to pee before and after sex to wash away any bacteria that might've gotten in.

  5. Wear Comfortable Clothing
    Tight pants and undies can trap moisture and let bacteria grow. Choose loose, breathable cotton clothes, especially underwear, to keep dry and lower your risk of infection.

Which Doctor Should You See For A UTI?

      If you're dealing with a UTI, your first stop is usually your regular doctor. They can diagnose and treat UTIs with antibiotics. If you get UTIs a lot or if your case is tricky, your doctor might send you to a urologist. They specialize in urinary tract problems and can offer more advanced treatments if needed. Sometimes, women might see a gynecologist too, especially if there are other women's health issues involved. So, start with your regular doctor, and they'll point you in the right direction if you need more help.

      Phew, It’s Over. But, Will It Come Back?

      Here's the thing: one in five women who gets a UTI will have another one. (Source: US Department of Health and Human Services Office on Women’s Health.) If you do, talk to your doctor about treatment options; they might suggest longer antibiotics or other solutions.

      And the good news? Changing some habits and following our tips can help you avoid UTIs. Knowledge is your best weapon in the fight against UTIs.

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