What are the treatment options for a urinary tract infection?

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A short course of antibiotics is the common treatment for urinary tract infections in women, says Jayram Krishnan, DO, a urologist at Sunrise Hospital. In this video, he says that if a man has a urinary tract infection, he should see a urologist.

Since most urinary tract infections are caused by bacteria, the initial treatment of a urinary tract infection usually involves outpatient antibiotic therapy. Oral antibiotics, of which there are many classes and therapeutic choices available, are generally very successful. These drugs require a prescription, so you will need to see your physician. Your doctor may also prescribe pain medication and/or a urinary analgesic to help with your symptoms, in addition to the antibiotics. More severe infections can require intravenous therapy and, occasionally, hospitalization.