Can you have a UTI for months and not know it?
It is totally possible to have a UTI without feeling the usual symptoms, especially if you’re an older woman.
UTIs can and often do have really subtle symptoms that don’t include the burning and pain often associated with the infection.
When should you go to the doctor for a UTI?
Most healthcare providers recommend contacting your doctor as soon as you notice bladder infection symptoms or urinary tract infection symptoms. You should also see your healthcare provider if you get frequent UTIs. If you have three or more urinary tract infections in 12 months, call your doctor.
Can a UTI last for months?
Women suffering from chronic urinary tract infections may have: Two or more infections in a 6-month period and/or three or more infections in a 12-month period. Symptoms that don’t disappear within 24 to 48 hours after treatment begins. A urinary tract infection that lasts longer than two weeks.
How does a doctor check for a UTI?
To confirm a diagnosis of a UTI, your doctor will need to test your urine for microbes. When testing the sample, your doctor will look for a large number of white blood cells in your urine. This can indicate an infection. Your doctor will also do a urine culture to test for bacteria or fungi.
Can a pharmacist prescribe antibiotics for UTI?
If you keep getting cystitis (recurrent cystitis), a doctor may prescribe stand-by antibiotics or continuous antibiotics. A stand-by antibiotic is a prescription you can take to a pharmacy the next time you have symptoms of cystitis without needing to visit a GP first.