Most of the UTI’s are caused by bacteria and therefore antibiotics are used to treat UTI.
The choice of drug and the duration of the treatment depend on the patient’s history and the causative organism. It is important to complete the course of antimicrobial medicines as sometimes the infection is still present even though the symptoms have disappeared.
Severely ill patients with kidney infection need hospitalization.
People with an obstructive cause (e.g. kidney stone or enlarged prostate) may require surgical correction.
Treatment of patients with recurrent infections depends on the cause -
- Postmenopausal women may require hormone replacement therapy.
- Taking a single dose of antibiotic after sexual intercourse may be helpful in women with recurrent UTI.
- Some patients might be prescribed a low dose antibiotic for few months.