Are antibiotics the only way to treat a Bladder Infection (UTI)?

By Edo Paz, MD
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December 22, 2020

Also called a Urinary Tract Infection (“UTI”), a Bladder Infection is a bacterial infection in the bladder. If left untreated, the infection can spread up the urinary tract, to the kidneys. Prompt diagnosis and treatment with prescription antibiotics is usually needed to treat this infection and prevent it from spreading up the urinary tract or into the bloodstream.

The symptoms of bladder infections include painful urination, frequent urination, sense of urgency, or blood in the urine. These symptoms will typically subside within two to three days of starting appropriate antibiotics. If needed, additional medications can be prescribed to relieve symptoms during the first few days of treatment. Due to the risk of bacterial resistance, it’s important to finish all antibiotics prescribed, even if you’re feeling better. Staying well hydrated by drinking plenty of water and avoiding sugary drinks will also help to clear the infection.

If your symptoms persist, or you’re seeking immediate care, text with a doctor now for only $29. No insurance needed, costs less than the typical copay. Doctors can assess your symptoms and send a prescription to your local pharmacy if appropriate.

K Health articles are all written and reviewed by MDs, PhDs, NPs, or PharmDs and are for informational purposes only. This information does not constitute and should not be relied on for professional medical advice. Always talk to your doctor about the risks and benefits of any treatment.

Edo Paz, MD

Edo Paz is the VP of Medical at K Health. Dr. Paz has two degrees in chemistry from Harvard and earned his medical degree from Columbia University. He did his medical training in internal medicine and cardiology at New York-Presbyterian. In addition to his work at K Health, Dr. Paz is a cardiologist at White Plains Hospital, part of the Montefiore Health System.