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When should a woman call her doctor if she has a urinary tract infection?

A women who gets urinary tract infections (UTIs) three or more times a year should speak to her doctor. The doctor may order special tests and recommend one of the following dosages of an antibiotic:
  • Take low doses for six months or more.
  • Take a single dose after having sex.
  • Take it for one or two days when symptoms of a UTI occur.
If the infection spreads to the kidneys and becomes more severe, it may cause pain in the lower back as well as fever, chills, nausea and vomiting. A woman should see her doctor immediately if she has any of these symptoms.
Dr. Robin Miller, MD
Internal Medicine

A woman should call her doctor as soon as possible if she thinks she has a bladder infection. These types of infections can be extremely uncomfortable. If untreated they can spread to the kidneys and cause a more serious infection.

Signs of a bladder infection include pain and burning with urination, urgency, frequency, and blood in the urine. Some patients may have a fever.

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