What’s the Quickest Way to Clear a UTI?
A urinary tract infection (UTI) can seem to appear almost instantly, often causing uncomfortable and disruptive symptoms that patients are anxious to get rid of. In most cases, antibiotic therapy offers a convenient and effective way to get relief from a UTI, but not all infections are sensitive to all antibiotics. To avoid a trial-and-error course of antibiotics and the uncomfortable waiting period associated with a traditional urine culture, Kasraeian Urology in Jacksonville, FL performs the cutting-edge PCR urine test. With this highly advanced diagnostic tool, board-certified urologists Dr. Ahmad Kasraeian and Dr. Ali Kasraeian can accurately identify the bacteria responsible for a patient’s UTI – and the most appropriate antibiotic for treating that specific UTI – within one day. Keep reading for more information on the benefits of a PCR urine test, and find helpful tips on what you can do at home to help speed up the process of clearing a UTI and get relief from your unwanted symptoms.
How do I know if I have a UTI?
To determine with certainty if you have a UTI, a provider may conduct a urinalysis and/or urine culture. However, there are certain signs and symptoms you may notice on your own that are likely to point to a UTI. Common symptoms of a UTI include:
- Burning with urination
- Pain with urination
- Abdominal/pelvic pain
- Urgent need to urinate
- Frequent urination
- Sense of needing to urinate all the time
- Cloudy urine
- Foul-smelling urine
- Nausea or vomiting
How can I get rid of a UTI fast?
Traditional urinalysis and urine cultures can offer important information about a potential UTI, including the presence of white cells and what bacteria is responsible for the infection. However, a urine culture takes several days to provide this information, during which time a patient may continue to suffer from their symptoms and/or start a course of antibiotic therapy that is ultimately found to be ineffective against their particular bacteria. With the same-day PCR urine test, however, Dr. Kasraeian can accurately identify the bacteria responsible for the infection and the most appropriate and effective antibiotic, allowing patients to start the correct course of treatment and get relief sooner.
How can I clear a UTI at home?
While some UTIs may clear on their own, it can take up to a week or longer. For patients who want the quickest relief from their UTI symptoms, it is important to see your provider and obtain an accurate diagnosis and appropriate medication or treatment. In the meantime, these at-home tips and tricks may help to minimize your symptoms and boost the health of your urinary tract:
- Drink more water
- Drink cranberry juice
- Use over-the-counter relief aids
- Avoid alcohol, caffeine, and other bladder stimulants
With a combination of in-office testing and treatment, along with healthy lifestyle habits, you can give yourself the best chance possible for a speedy recovery from your UTI.
Receive an accurate diagnosis and fast relief from your UTI with a PCR urine test in Jacksonville, FL
No one should have to suffer from the symptoms of a UTI longer than necessary. With the same-day results of a PCR urine test, board-certified urologists Drs. Ahmad and Ali Kasraeian help patients get relief from UTI symptoms as quickly as possible. To learn more about this exciting technology, call Kasraeian Urology in Jacksonville, FL today.