To confirm the diagnosis of UTI, a sample of your urine will be sent to the laboratory for testing. Empirical antibiotics will usually be prescribed. You may be prescribed alternative antibiotics after the urine culture result is available. You may also be given medication to make the urine more alkaline and asked to drink more water.
It is defined as having UTI three times or more within a year. It can be due to the same species or different bacteria.
If you have recurrent UTI, further tests such renal ultrasound, intravenous pyelogram, cystoscopy, urine for tuberculosis and cytology are necessary to identify the causes and complications of recurrent UTIs.
You may also be given prophylactic antibiotics for a period of 6 months. You will be advised on good personal hygiene and other preventive measures.
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