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Monday, 7 November 2016

UTI’s (Article 8) - What is the treatment for a urine infection in older people?

UTI’s - What is the treatment for a urine infection in older people?

A course of an antibiotic medicine will usually clear the infection quickly. You should see a doctor if your symptoms are not gone, or nearly gone, after a few days.

Paracetamol or ibuprofen will usually ease any pain, discomfort, or high temperature (fever).

An underlying cause such as an enlarged prostate or constipation may be found and need treatment.

If you have an infection of your bladder (cystitis) then having plenty to drink is traditional advice to flush out the bladder. However, there is no proof that this is helpful when you have cystitis. Some doctors feel that it does not help and drinking lots may just cause more (painful) toilet trips. Therefore, it is difficult to give confident advice on whether to drink lots or just to drink normally when you have mild symptoms of cystitis. However, if you have a high temperature (fever) and/or feel unwell, having plenty to drink helps to prevent having a lack of fluid in your body (dehydration).

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