Urinary Tract Infection

X-rays, sound waves (ultrasound), or a computed tomography (CT) scan will allow your doctor to view your bladder or kidneys. These pictures can show stones, blockages, or swelling.
During a cystoscopy, the urethra and bladder can be seen from the inside with a cystoscope, which is a thin tube that has lenses like a microscope. The doctor will insert the tube into the urinary tract through the urethra.
(Click Urinary Tract Infection Diagnosis for more information.)

How Is It Treated?

Once it is determined that your symptoms have been caused by a urinary tract infection, your doctor will prescribe an antibiotic, which can kill the bacteria that are causing the urinary tract infection.
For a simple urinary tract infection, treatment will entail 3 days of antibiotics. For more serious urinary tract infections, treatment will entail 7 days or more of antibiotics. Patients should be sure to tell their doctors if they are allergic to any medications.
If a urinary tract infection is not treated, it can affect other parts of the body. Patients who are pregnant and have signs of a urinary tract infection should see their doctor right away. A urinary tract infection can cause problems with your pregnancy, such as early delivery or high blood pressure.
(Click Bladder Infection During Pregnancy for more information.)
Last reviewed by: Arthur Schoenstadt, MD
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