General treatment of benign urinary tract infections (urethritis, cystitis)

Urinary tract infections of bacterial origin

The Urinary tract infections of bacterial originare treated easily and quickly with the help ofantibiotics. For cases caused by the bacterium E. coli,the doctor uses a variety of antibiotics including amoxicillin (Clamoxyl®, Amoxil®, Trimox®), nitrofurantoin (Macrodantin®, Furadantin®), sulfamethoxazole plus trimethoprim (Bactrim®, Eusaprim®, Septra®) and trimethoprim alone (Trimpex®, Proloprim®). The choice of antibiotic is made blindly initially, then based on the results of the urinalysis as soon as they are available. It can be given as a single dose or on a 3-, 7- or 14-day diet. In the majority of cases, a 3-day therapy is offered (trimethoprim-sulfamethoxazole).

When the infection appears a few days after unprotected sex,the doctor will make sure that it is not a sexually transmitted infection (STI) (gonorrhea or chlamydia), which would justify special antibiotic treatment. Once treated, symptoms usually disappear within 24 to 48 hours, sometimes less. However, it is important that the duration of the limitation period be followed to the letter. If the chosen antibiotic is not effective after 48 hours, inform your doctor, who can then suggest another one.

To promote the elimination of bacteria, it is also necessary to drink more than usual during treatment. People who feel Pain or a pressure in the lower abdomen can get relief by taking analgesic medications. A warm compress can also be placed on the abdomen.

The pregnant women are systematically screened. It is indeed very important to detect the presence of a urinary tract infection during pregnancy and to treat it if necessary. In a third of cases, the infection can spread to the kidneys with the possibility of preterm birth or a low-weight newborn baby. Safe antibiotics for both the mother and fetus will be offered even if the infection is not accompanied by symptoms.

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