Prevention

While it does nothing to treat an infection, there is reason to believe that drinking cranberry juice can reduce the risk of developing a urinary tract infection. There is also a link between reduced risk of contracting a UTI and fully emptying your bladder when you urinate, as well as urinating shortly after sex. If you already have an infection, be sure to finish all your medication, as stopping early can lead to re-infection. If your UTI's are the result of an anatomic problem, surgery to correct the issue may be recommended.

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Quick snapshot

Can it be cured?

Yes. Urinary tract infections are easily treated with antibiotics.

Type of Infection

Bacterial. UTI's are caused by a variety of bacteria.

How is it treated?

Antibiotics. Various antibiotics are used depending on the offending bacterium.

Recovery Time

Variable. Specific time for recovery is dependent on the medication prescribed.

Can I have sex?

No. Sex is not recommended as it can promote movement of bacteria.

Can I get re-infected?

Yes. There is roughly a 20% probability of re-infection.