Urinary tract infections (UTIs)
Urinary tract infections (UTIs) affect your urinary tract, including your bladder (cystitis), urethra (urethritis) or kidneys (kidney infection). UTIs may be treated with antibiotics, but they're not always needed.
Check if its a urinary tract infection (UTI)
Symptoms of a UTI may include:
Children with UTIs may also:
Older, frail people or people with a urinary catheter
In older, frail people, and people with a?urinary catheter, symptoms of a UTI may also include:
What happens at your appointment
See a GP if:
Get advice from 111 now if:
you think you, your child or someone you care for may have a UTI and:
These symptoms suggest a kidney infection, which can be serious if its not treated.
111 will tell you what to do. They can arrange a phone call from a nurse or doctor if you need one.
Go to 111.nhs.uk or call 111.
Other ways to get help
Ask your GP surgery for an urgent appointment.
A GP may be able to treat you.
You'll be asked about your symptoms and may need to give a urine sample.
Treatment from a GP
Your doctor or nurse may offer self-care advice and recommend taking a painkiller.
They may give you a prescription for antibiotics if they think you may need them.
You may be asked to start taking these immediately, or to wait to see if your symptoms improve.
It's important to finish the whole course of antibiotics, even if you start to feel better.
Treatment from a GP for UTIs that keep coming back
If your UTI comes back after treatment, you may have a urine test and be prescribed different antibiotics.
Your doctor or nurse will also offer advice on how to prevent UTIs.
If you keep getting UTIs and regularly need treatment, a GP may give you a repeat prescription for antibiotics.
If you have been through the menopause, you may be offered a vaginal cream containing oestrogen.
Things you can do yourself
To help ease pain:
It's important to follow the instructions on the packet so you know how much paracetamol you or your child can take, and how often.
It may also help to avoid having sex until you feel better.
You cannot pass a UTI on to your partner, but sex may be uncomfortable.
Taking cystitis sachets or cranberry products has not been shown to help ease symptoms of UTIs.
A pharmacist can help with UTIs
You can ask a pharmacist about treatments for a UTI. A pharmacist can:
Some pharmacies offer a UTI management service and can prescribe antibiotics if they're needed.
Causes of urinary tract infections (UTIs)
UTIs are usually caused by bacteria from poo entering the urinary tract.
The bacteria enter through the tube that carries pee out of the body (urethra).
Women have a shorter urethra than men. This means bacteria are more likely to reach the bladder or kidneys and cause an infection.
Things that increase the risk of bacteria getting into the bladder include:
Other ways to prevent recurring UTIs
There are some things you can try to help prevent UTIs returning.
If you have more than 3 UTIs in 1 year, or 2 UTIs in 6 months, there are other things that may help prevent UTIs.
There is some evidence that women under 65 years old who keep getting UTIs may find it helpful to take:
Speak to your doctor before taking any of these during pregnancy.
Be aware that D-mannose and cranberry products can contain a lot of sugar.
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