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Urinary Tract Infections in Teens and Adults

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Your doctor will ask for a sample of your urine. It is tested to see if it has germs that cause bladder infections.

If you have infections often, you may need extra testing to find out why.

Antibiotics prescribed by your doctor will usually cure a bladder infection. It may help to drink lots of water and other fluids and to urinate often, emptying your bladder each time.

If your doctor prescribes antibiotics, take the pills exactly as you are told. Do not stop taking them just because you feel better. You need to finish taking them all so that you do not get sick again.

You may be able to help prevent these infections.

  • Take time to empty your bladder as much as possible when you urinate.
  • If you are a sexually active woman, make it a point to urinate shortly after having sex.
  • If you are a woman past menopause who is having repeated UTIs, using vaginal estrogen may help.

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Last Updated: May 13, 2013
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