Exams and Tests
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
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
- Check for other kidney problems.
structural problems of the urinary tract that might make you more likely to get
- Find out whether the infection is caused by unusual
- 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.