Can a UTI Go Away on Its Own?
Those who have dealt with a urinary tract infection, or UTI, know the uncomfortable symptoms that it causes. A UTI is a bacterial infection in any part of the urinary system, including the kidneys, bladder, ureters and urethra. UTIs most commonly occur in the lower urinary tract. While they are not typically serious unless left untreated, UTIs can cause painful symptoms like a burning sensation or pain when urinating, or a strong urge to urinate but being unable to do so. When the symptoms of a UTI first set in, many people find themselves wondering—can a UTI go away on its own?
More often than not, a UTI will need antibiotics in order to clear up. The specific kind of antibiotics prescribed will depend on the particular strain of bacteria that is causing the infection. In order to identify the right medicine, a physician will likely ask you to leave a urine sample. The sample will not only confirm the presence of an infection, but will be analyzed by a lab to identify the particular type of bacteria that is present in the urinary tract.
Home Remedies for a UTI
Still, some mild UTIs may clear up with the use of home remedies. While their effectiveness is still somewhat debated, the following home remedies may help to clear up a UTI:
- Drinking water, which may help to flush out bacteria from the urinary tract
- Drinking cranberry juice, which has antioxidants with antibacterial and anti-inflammatory properties
- Getting enough vitamin C, which could help boost your immune system to fight the infection
Many physicians will advise their patients to try these home remedies in addition to antibiotics. Contact your healthcare provider for advice as it pertains to your unique situation.
When to Seek Medical Attention
Some people prefer to head right to see their physician when the first signs of a UTI occur. Others may want to see if home remedies could work first. It is important to note that if symptoms of a UTI persist after one or two days of using home remedies, you should see your physician for antibiotics. If left untreated, a UTI can worsen and travel farther up the urinary tract, potentially causing more severe symptoms as well as additional complications.
UTI Treatment from Tufts Medical Center Community Care
Tufts Medical Center Community Care provides treatment for a range of common illnesses, such as UTIs. Our primary care physicians, family physicians, OB/GYNs and urologists are highly trained and experienced, and provide individualized care to patients of all ages. We have locations throughout the north suburban Boston area, so you won’t need to travel too far to get the world-class care you deserve. Our centers are easily accessible, have ample parking and feature shorter-than-average wait times. We also offer both evening and weekend appointments for your convenience.
Contact the friendly staff at Tufts Medical Center Community Care today to schedule an appointment for UTI treatment. We accept most major health insurance plans.