Call your doctor immediately if painful urination or other symptoms of a urinary tract infection (UTI) occur with:
- Nausea and vomiting
- Fever and chills
- Pain in the back just below the rib cage, on one side of your body (flank pain)
- Have had UTI symptoms previously and have those symptoms again.
- Have minor symptoms of a UTI that do not clear up in 1 to 2 days, such as pain or burning when you urinate, foul-smelling urine or the urge to urinate frequently while passing only small amounts of urine.
- Notice blood or pus in your urine.
- Have symptoms of a UTI and you have diabetes.
- Have been taking antibiotics for a UTI but your symptoms do not improve or they come back (recur) after improving temporarily.
- Try home treatment for 1 to 2 days if your symptoms are minor.
- If your symptoms last longer than 1 to 2 days or are severe, seek medical help.
- Have diabetes or an impaired immune system
- Are pregnant
- Are older than 65
- Nurse practitioner
- Physician assistant
- General practitioner
- Family medicine physician
Call your doctor immediately if you are pregnant and have symptoms of a UTI (listed above).
Call a doctor if you:
Watchful waiting is a wait-and-see approach. If you get better on your own, you won't need treatment. If you get worse, you and your doctor will decide what to do next.
In adults, home treatment for minor urinary tract infections (UTIs) often resolves the problem. Home treatment includes drinking plenty of water and urinating often, emptying the bladder each time.
Watchful waiting is not appropriate if you:
Who to see
The following health professionals can treat urinary tract infections (UTIs):
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