When To Call a Doctor
Call your doctor immediately if painful urination or other symptoms of a
urinary tract infection (UTI) occur with:
- Nausea and vomiting.
- Fever and
- Pain in the flank, which is felt just below the rib cage and above the waist on one or both sides of the back,
lower belly pain.
Call your doctor immediately if you are pregnant and have symptoms of a UTI (listed above).
Call a doctor if you:
- Have had UTI symptoms previously and have those
- Have minor symptoms of a UTI that do not clear up
in 1 to 2 days, such as pain or burning when you urinate, foul-smelling urine,
or the urge to urinate frequently while passing only small amounts of
- Notice blood or pus in your urine.
- Have symptoms
of a UTI and you have diabetes.
- Have been taking antibiotics for a UTI but your symptoms do not
improve or they come back (recur) after improving temporarily.
Watchful waiting is a wait-and-see approach. If
you get better on your own, you won't need treatment. If you get worse, you and
your doctor will decide what to do next.
In adults, home
treatment for minor urinary tract infections (UTIs) often resolves the problem.
Home treatment includes drinking plenty of water and urinating often, emptying
the bladder each time.
- Try home treatment for 1 to 2 days if your
symptoms are minor.
- If your symptoms last longer than 1 to 2 days
or are severe, seek medical help.
Watchful waiting is not appropriate if you:
Who to see
The following health professionals can treat urinary tract
To prepare for your appointment, see the topic Making the Most of Your Appointment.