Bladder Infection - Treatment

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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.

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Comment from: Anuj, 35-44 Male (Patient) Published: January 13

Generally urologists advise nitrofurantoin antibiotic for long term antibiotic therapy for bladder infection. I took it for 3 months. Now I am well.

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Comment from: carpephoto, 55-64 Female (Patient) Published: January 26

I've had bladder infections all my life and tried everything I could find. I finally found something that works for me. It's made by now and is called cranberry mannose + probiotics. It's a box of 24 packets of powder that is made into a drink. It has 10 probiotic strains plus D-mannose, cranberry juice powder and uva ursi extract. To stop a string of infections, I went to DR to get an antibiotic. I started drinking this twice daily with the antibiotic and kept it up after the medication was done. I drank it every time I felt that stinging in the urethra, even if I was in bed and woke up in the night. After using it at least daily for a month or two, I found I could cut back. Now I only use it when I've eaten too much sugar and feel the stinging, which isn't very often. I am amazed to be infection free! I believe I've built up the good flora in my system that keeps the e coli bacteria from growing.

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