Treating urinary tract infections

If you have a urinary tract infection (UTI), a pharmacist may, under certain conditions, prescribe an antibiotic treatment.
They can also advise you on how to avoid recurrences.

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Symptoms to watch out for

Symptom 1

Need to urinate frequently

Symptom 2

Need to urinate urgently

Symptom 3

Burning sensation when urinating

Symptom 4

Inability or difficulty to empty your bladder completely

Symptom 5

Blood in your urine, foul odours, or cloudy urine

Symptom 6

Pain or discomfort in the lower abdomen

Understanding urinary tract infection

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What can be done to treat a UTI?

Urinary tract infections (also known as cystitis) must be treated to prevent them from progressing to the kidneys. Talk to your healthcare professional as soon as possible. 

If this is a first-time urinary tract infection for you, talk to your doctor. They can also validate that your pain is not caused by something else.

If you have had a urinary tract infection in the past 5 years, your pharmacist may be able to help you under certain conditions.

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Relieve the pain of the urinary tract infections

How to relieve the pain

While waiting to see the healthcare provider and start an antibiotic treatment, make sure you drink plenty of water. Using warm compresses on your stomach may help relieve the pain. 

A painkiller (acetaminophen) may also help temporarily; however, it will not solve the problem. It is still important to consult a doctor as soon as possible.

Don't endure a urinary tract infection! 
Consult a health professional as soon as possible. 

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