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Urinary Tract Infections in Teens and Adults

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If you have symptoms of a urinary tract infection (UTI), your first evaluation by a doctor will likely include:

Your doctor may order a urine culture to confirm the diagnosis of a suspected UTI. But if your doctor thinks you have a UTI, he or she may have you start taking antibiotics right away without waiting for the results of your test.

Tests used less frequently

If the infection does not respond to treatment with antibiotics or recurs rapidly, if the infection may be complicated by other factors, or, in some cases, if the kidneys are infected, your doctor may order other tests to:

  • Look for the cause of recurrent or chronic infections.
  • Check for other kidney problems.
  • Diagnose structural problems of the urinary tract that might make you more likely to get UTIs.
  • Find out whether the infection is caused by unusual bacteria.
  • Find out whether you have an impaired immune system.

If you get UTIs often, your doctor may write you a standing prescription for antibiotics that you can fill without a doctor's appointment. Then when you first have symptoms of a UTI, you can start taking medicine right away. You may want to use a home test for UTI to make sure you have an infection before you start antibiotics.

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Last Updated: May 13, 2013
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