Urinary Tract Infections (UTIs)

  • Medical Author:
    Jerry R. Balentine, DO, FACEP

    Dr. Balentine received his undergraduate degree from McDaniel College in Westminster, Maryland. He attended medical school at the Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine graduating in1983. He completed his internship at St. Joseph's Hospital in Philadelphia and his Emergency Medicine residency at Lincoln Medical and Mental Health Center in the Bronx, where he served as chief resident.

  • Medical Editor: Melissa Conrad Stöppler, MD
    Melissa Conrad Stöppler, MD

    Melissa Conrad Stöppler, MD

    Melissa Conrad Stöppler, MD, is a U.S. board-certified Anatomic Pathologist with subspecialty training in the fields of Experimental and Molecular Pathology. Dr. Stöppler's educational background includes a BA with Highest Distinction from the University of Virginia and an MD from the University of North Carolina. She completed residency training in Anatomic Pathology at Georgetown University followed by subspecialty fellowship training in molecular diagnostics and experimental pathology.

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Urinary Tract Infections (Bladder Infection): UTI Symptoms, Treatment, Causes

What follow-up is needed for a urinary tract infection?

Follow a health-care professional's treatment recommendations. Finish all medications even if feeling better before the medication is gone. A health-care professional will want the patient to have a follow-up appointment to repeat the urinalysis and make sure he or she is getting better.

  • Children and adults with kidney involvement should be seen again in one to two days.
  • People recovering from uncomplicated lower urinary tract infections should be seen within one week.

Occasionally, the infection does not go away with the first treatment. If someone is being treated for an infection and has any of the following, call a health-care professional promptly:

  • Fever or pain with urination is not gone after two days of antibiotic treatment.
  • Someone cannot keep the medication down or it has severe side effects.
  • Someone is unable to keep foods, fluids, or medication down because of nausea or vomiting.
  • Someone develops signs of kidney involvement (such as flank pain, shaking chills, high fever).
  • Someone's symptoms are worse rather than better after two days of antibiotics.
Medically Reviewed by a Doctor on 4/26/2016

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