Urinary Tract Infections
If You have a Urinary Tract Infection:
- Maintain a high fluid intake to be sure you have a good urine output-at
least one to two quarts of fluid in 24 hours. Drinking cranberry juice
may be helpful, but check with your doctor first. It should not be used
with some medications.
- Empty your bladder as soon as you feel the urge to urinate, even if
it does not feel full.
- Avoid foods that may irritate your bladder, such as spicy foods, alcohol,
or beverages containing caffeine.
- Take medications prescribed by your doctor exactly as instructed,
and be sure to take all of the medication prescribed.
- If signs and symptoms of your infection do not subside after two or
three days, call your doctor or clinic.
Call Your Doctor or Clinic If:
- You have a change in urinating, such as frequency, urgency, pain
- You have bloody, cloudy, or foul-smelling urine.
- You have a constant, nagging urge to urinate.
- You have chills or fever over 100o.
- You have lower abdominal pain or discomfort.
- You have lower back pain or discomfort.
Peer Review Status: Internally
Peer Review Date: 2004