Once your UTI has been formally identified, your healthcare practitioner will prescribe a course of oral medicines to eradicate the bacteria that is causing your UTI. These UTI treatments typically last seven days. You should feel better in two days, but don't stop taking your antibiotics yet. If you do stop taking them, you could develop a drug-resistant strain of the bacteria that caused your original infection.
It's important to complete the entire course of antibiotics, which usually includes seven days. If you stop taking your pills before finishing the prescribed length of time, you risk developing resistance to other antibiotics that may one day be needed. Resistant infections are harder to treat and can lead to more serious health problems down the road.
When you finish your seven-day course of antibiotics, your urine should be clear of any signs of infection or contamination. However, if you still have blood in your urine after completing your treatment, see your doctor immediately. There may be another cause for your bleeding disorder that requires further investigation.
Most patients require therapy for 3 to 7 days. You should notice a reduction in your UTI symptoms during the first 1 to 2 days after taking your medicines. If your UTI is more severe or you've been experiencing symptoms for a time before taking antibiotics, it may take a few more days for you to notice an improvement. Continue taking Cephalexin for as long as your doctor advises, usually for the full course of treatment.
Cephalexin works by stopping the growth of bacteria that cause urinary tract infections (UTIs). Bacteria cannot grow if there is no food or oxygen available. Ceftriaxone prevents the formation of new cells and new tissues by killing those already formed. Thus, it has a cytotoxic effect on rapidly dividing cells such as those found in cancerous tumors. It can also kill bacteria that are not susceptible to other antibiotics. This is important because even though you may have another infection at the same time as your UTI, treating the UTI with antibiotics will allow other infections to be cleared up too.
Your doctor may suggest continuing Cephalexin beyond the typical duration of treatment for non-life-threatening UTIs. In these cases, it may be necessary to prevent further infections by clearing up any existing ones first. He or she may also prescribe this antibiotic in conjunction with other medications or treatments, such as surgery or self-care measures.
UTI symptoms usually go away within a few days after commencing medication. However, you may need to continue taking antibiotics for a week or longer. Take the antibiotics for the whole course advised. If you stop taking them too early, your infection will not be cleared up properly.
Sometimes the symptoms of a urinary tract infection last for several weeks even after you have completed your course of antibiotics. In this case, you may want to include probiotics in your treatment plan. Probiotics help restore healthy bacteria in your gut. There are many different types of probiotics that can be found in food such as yogurt, kefir, and sauerkraut or supplements such as powder or liquid extracts.
It is important to remember that just because you have a urinary tract infection does not mean that you will get kidney damage. However, if you develop any other symptoms along with your UTI, such as pain during urination, nausea, fever, chills, or confusion, then contact your doctor immediately. These other symptoms may be signs of a more serious problem that needs medical attention.
The best way to avoid getting a urinary tract infection is by preventing them from occurring in the first place.