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Can my own body deal with a urine infection?

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mckenzie Mon 12-Feb-18 22:11:37

And get rid of it? Or must I go to the doctors?

Nightmanagerfan Mon 12-Feb-18 22:15:54

Hard to say - depends on the bacteria and on your immune system. If left some UtIs turn into pyelonephritis which is really nasty (I speak from experience and now jags scaring on my kidney)

Bigpizzalover Mon 12-Feb-18 22:17:45

Doctors, UTIs can turn nasty if left untreated. In the mean time lots of fluids and some of the sachets to treat cystitis to reduce symptoms. Always best to get medical attention. X

Grammar Mon 12-Feb-18 22:18:53

Not necessarily. It could lead to Pyelonephritis (reacting up to kidney) and possibly sepsis.
My Dd 20 got this in China and ended up in our. She is fit, well,doesn't drink alcohol and she became hideously ill.
Keep close eye on symptoms and temperature. You may need antibiotics. Don't leave it too late.
We flew over to China, she was so I'll.

Grammar Mon 12-Feb-18 22:19:51


AnimalBrain Mon 12-Feb-18 22:20:34

I feel I definitely shouldn’t post this but my body has occasionally just fixed itself.
I really wouldn’t recommend but I live in a country where it can be €100 for doctor visit and meds so haven’t always had the choice

TheMathsTrainee Mon 12-Feb-18 22:21:07

You can try natural remedy of bicarbonate of soda dissolved in water.

Mabelface Mon 12-Feb-18 22:21:44

You could try a spoonful of bicarb in a glass of water 3 times a day. However, if you get no relief from symptoms, you will need to see a doctor.

MrsJoshDun Mon 12-Feb-18 22:22:16

Wish mine could. I’ve had a chronic uti for over 6 years now.

LoniceraJaponica Mon 12-Feb-18 22:22:19

DD had repeat UTIs as a baby. The doctor was at pains to point out the untreated UTIs can have very serious implications and a UTI should never be ignored.

Please go to a doctor with a sample if you suspect you have a UTI.

mckenzie Mon 12-Feb-18 22:34:22

Thank you for all the posts. Grammar, sorry to hear about your DD.
MrsJosh, poor you.

Ok, I’ll take a sample to the doctor tomorrow. Whether they’ll test it without an appt is another matter though huh?
Fingers crossed.

mckenzie Wed 14-Feb-18 18:40:33

I went to the doctors today and the sample that I provided looked quite different to what I’ve been seeing in the toilet pan and sure enough, doctor tests it and says there is no infection.
He gave me a tablet in case it’s thrush instead and I took that this morning but I can’t help thinking that he’s wrong.
Does anyone know how long it should take for it to clear up if it is thrush?

squishysquirmy Wed 14-Feb-18 18:59:30

I always thought you were supposed to go to the pharmacist first! Get seen (and normally treated) without waiting for an apointment. That's what i'v always done.

Chrisinthemorning Wed 14-Feb-18 19:02:18

I have had many utis. I can clear it as soon as it starts if I spend a day drinking lots of water and weeing. If it lingers longer than 24 hrs for me I know I will need antibiotics. The times I have left it I have ended up quite systematically unwell.

mckenzie Wed 14-Feb-18 21:45:20

Squishysquirmy, would a pharmacist test my urine?

SapphireChickenLover Wed 14-Feb-18 21:49:36

Doctors definitely before it affects your kidneys, plus they can have dire effect on you overall if ignored. ( not sure if a pharmacist will do any testing, phone in advance to find out )

TheBeastInMsRooneysRoom Wed 14-Feb-18 21:53:13

Try a D-Mannose supplement. I can’t remember the brand I use and I’m not at home to check but it treats thrush and UTIs. You can take it as a preventative too, so no harm done if its unnecessary. I got it in a supplements store.

squishysquirmy Wed 14-Feb-18 22:07:08

No, but (from personal experience) they ask you a load of questions, and if the symptoms are classic cystitis they prescribe the relevant meds. If what you described to them sounded more serious or if you've had a lot of utis within a short timeframe then I assume they would send you to the gp anyway. I think pharmacists are under used.

mckenzie Thu 15-Feb-18 07:55:46

Thanks for the posts. I use our local pharmacist for most things but I was so confident that I had a fairly standard UTI, that I went straight to the doctors to have mynurine tested.
I didnt / don’t have cystitis symptoms (I’m not needing to go any more frequently and it doesn’t burn when I go) but figured that I would uses the cystitis meds as thy might help.

wintermonster Thu 15-Feb-18 08:32:05

Yes agree with PP - D Mannose is a life saver an available on amazon prime or Holland and Barratt.
It's sorted me out on numerous occasions when I haven't been able to get the to docs quick enough

MyKingdomForBrie Thu 15-Feb-18 08:39:44

‘I can’t help thinking that he’s wrong’ - he tested it though so how can he be wrong?

I had no idea I was doing anything wrong, when I get uti (maybe twice a year if that) I drink lots of water/cranberry juice and it goes - should take it more seriously clearly!

mckenzie Thu 15-Feb-18 12:20:37

It’s just a gut feeling Mykingdom; I’ve no idea if it’s possible for the test to be wrong.
I’ve had a Irene infection before and this feels exactly the same. I’m happy to follow his advise though, I’ve taken the thrush tablet and will see what happens.

mckenzie Thu 15-Feb-18 12:21:18

Urine infection even. No idea who Irene is smile

BWatchWatcher Thu 15-Feb-18 19:20:15

You can order antibiotics for a uti from supedrug online.

LoniceraJaponica Thu 15-Feb-18 19:31:34

I think that is irresponsible. How can they know which antibiotic the infection is sensitive to without lab analysis?

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