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How long does a UTI last after treatment with antibiotics?

Symptoms of lower urinary tract infections usually resolve within 24 hours of starting the medication. The full amount of prescribed antibiotics should be taken even if the symptoms are fully gone.

Upper urinary tract symptoms (pyelonephritis) will usually take longer to respond to treatment. The patient will usually improve within 24 hours, but it will often take longer until all symptoms resolve.

Return to Urinary Tract Infections (UTIs)

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Comment from: jillyb, 55-64 Female (Patient) Published: May 21

I have frequent urinary tract infections and antibiotics are not helping me. I became allergic to Macrobid and just finished ciprofloxacin which gave me hives. I take cranberry twice a day as well. I heard that a low dose of vaginal estrogen may help.

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