A urinary tract infection (UTI) is an infection that occurs in any part of the urinary system, which includes the kidneys, bladder, ureters, and urethra. UTIs are typically caused by bacteria, and the most common symptom is a burning sensation or pain when urinating.

The treatment for a UTI typically involves antibiotics to eliminate the infection. The type and duration of antibiotic treatment will depend on the specific type of bacteria causing the infection, as well as the location of the infection in the urinary tract.

Here are a few steps you can take to help treat and prevent UTIs:

  • Drink plenty of water: Drinking water helps flush bacteria out of your urinary tract.
  • Cranberry juice: Some studies suggest that cranberry juice may help prevent UTIs by making it harder for bacteria to adhere to the urinary tract.
  • Wipe from front to back: Wiping from front to back after using the toilet can help prevent bacteria from the anus from spreading to the urethra.
  • Empty your bladder before and after sexual activity: This can help flush out any bacteria that may have entered the urinary tract during sex.
  • Avoid using harsh soaps or bubble baths: These can irritate the urethra and increase the risk of UTIs.
  • Take your antibiotics as prescribed: Be sure to take your antibiotics as directed by your healthcare provider, even if you start feeling better