Urinary tract infection (UTI) is primarily treated with antibiotics, which can help in resolving symptoms. Sometimes, however, UTI symptoms can linger even after antibiotic therapy. Reasons for this may include:
- Your UTI is caused by an antibiotic-resistant bacteria strain
- Your infection is caused by another type of virus, fungi or bacteria
- You may be suffering from another condition entirely that is causing symptoms that resemble UTI
What causes UTI symptoms to linger even after antibiotic treatment?
Antibiotic resistance occurs when the bacteria causing your UTI don’t respond to the administered antibiotics, often because of frequent use.
E. coli is the most common bacteria that causes UTI. However, if your UTI is caused by a less common bacteria strain, or even a virus or fungi, there is a chance that the antibiotic prescribed to treat the infection is not the right one and therefore ineffective.
Sometimes, UTI symptoms don’t resolve with antibiotics because it turns out you don’t have a UTI at all, but instead a condition that causes UTI-like symptoms. These conditions may include:
What to do when UTI symptoms linger after taking antibiotics
When antibiotic therapy fails to reduce your UTI symptoms, your doctor may perform a urine culture and sensitivity test to analyze what is causing the infection and prescribe more appropriate treatment.
Lifestyle changes may also help reduce the frequency of UTI and lessen the severity of its symptoms:
- Practice good hygiene. This includes not holding in your urine for long, cleaning/wiping front to back and peeing after sex.
- Drink plenty of fluids, including water. Water helps flush out bacteria in the urine and reduces your risk of infection.
- Eat a diet rich in fruits and vegetables. Getting enough vitamins through vegetables and fruits every day can help improve your immune system. Citrus fruits high in vitamin C, such as grapefruits, oranges, limes etc. are particularly good for preventing UTI.
- Take a probiotic. Probiotics can lower the risk of UTI. Moreover, they can help restore the loss of beneficial bacteria that comes with antibiotic treatment.
- Drink cranberry juice. Cranberry juice is an effective home remedy for UTI. It is also available in the form of dietary supplements.
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What is a Urinary Tract Infection (UTI) in Adults? https://www.urologyhealth.org/urology-a-z/u/urinary-tract-infections-in-adults