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Bladder Infection (cont.)

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What is the treatment for a bladder infection?

Bladder infection can be treated and cured by appropriate use of antibiotics. The selection and duration of antibiotic treatment depends on severity of the infection, previous history of similar infection, and patient factors (age, gender, allergies, other medications, other medical problems). The treating physician generally decides what antibiotics would work best for each individual patient by thoroughly examining the patient and considering the aforementioned factors.

Self-medication for bladder infection is occasionally an option in patients with mild, recurrent infections. In reliable and compliant individuals who are familiar with the symptoms of frequent bladder infections, appropriate bladder infection antibiotics can be prescribed to them in advance by their treating physicians. The bladder infection medication may then be started by the patient on their own at the onset of their symptoms.

Bladder muscle spasm and bladder inflammation are responsible for some of the symptoms associated with bladder infection such as, bladder pain and dysuria. Pyridium (phenazopyridine) is a medication often used to treat symptoms of painful urination due to bladder infection.

Are home remedies effective for a bladder infection?

Cranberry products have been known to prevent bladder infections to some degree, although it is not advised to use them in lieu of antibiotics for treating an infection.

Adhering to the prescribed antibiotic regimen and staying well hydrated are essential components of home remedy for bladder infection.

Medically Reviewed by a Doctor on 3/20/2013

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