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Can antibiotics treat urinary tract infections (UTIs)?

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A urinary tract infection (UTI) starts when bacteria get into your bladder, kidneys, or another part of your urinary tract. The best way to treat a UTI -- and to relieve symptoms like pain, burning, and an urgent need to pee -- is with antibiotics. These medications kill bacteria that cause the infection.

SOURCES:

American Urological Association: "Adult UTI."

Choosing Wisely: "Antibiotics for Urinary Tract Infections in Older People."

Mayo Clinic: "Urinary tract infection (UTI): Symptoms." "Urinary tract infection (UTI): Tests and diagnosis." "Urinary tract infection (UTI): Treatments and Drugs."

Medscape: "Urinary Tract Infections in Pregnancy Treatment & Management."

National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases: "Urinary Tract Infections (UTIs)."

U.S. National Library of Medicine: "Are Antibiotics Effective Against Acute Cystitis?"

Reviewed by Nazia Q Bandukwala on October 31, 2019

SOURCES:

American Urological Association: "Adult UTI."

Choosing Wisely: "Antibiotics for Urinary Tract Infections in Older People."

Mayo Clinic: "Urinary tract infection (UTI): Symptoms." "Urinary tract infection (UTI): Tests and diagnosis." "Urinary tract infection (UTI): Treatments and Drugs."

Medscape: "Urinary Tract Infections in Pregnancy Treatment & Management."

National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases: "Urinary Tract Infections (UTIs)."

U.S. National Library of Medicine: "Are Antibiotics Effective Against Acute Cystitis?"

Reviewed by Nazia Q Bandukwala on October 31, 2019

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