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What causes blood in urine, burning urination and frequent urination?

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Posted on Thu, 17 Aug 2017
Question: I am prettu sure I have UTI. What should I do?

Symptoms are: blood in urine; burning sensation on urination; frequent need to pee. Am drinking enough cranberry juice to sink a whale.
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Answered by Dr. Bonnie Berger-Durnbaugh (19 minutes later)
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Hello and welcome,

Yes, it does sound like a UTI is likely.

If drinking copious amounts of water and cranberry haven't been enough to stop it, I recommend you go in to an urgent care clinic that stays open late, or go in in the morning (providing you don't have symptoms of complications such as fever/chills, nausea, or kidney area/flank pain - in which case you must be seen tonight).

When you go in, they should get a urine specimen from your there. In the office/clinic, they can do an immediate dip urinalysis with a dipstick which can show if there are signs of bacteria (leukocyte esterase will be positive). If that is the case, make sure they send the specimen to the lab for a culture and sensitivity test. They will start you on an antibiotic, but the sensitivity test will show what antibiotics are effective against the bacteria that grows. This is a good idea to do in case the bacteria turns out to be resistant - you will know what you are dealing with and what antibiotics will work. A typical antibiotic for UTIs is trimethoprim/sulfamethoxazole double strength (Bactrim or Septra). It is a sulfa based antibiotic. Cipro is another option, but if possible, I tend to stay away from it because of the rare but real risks of significant side effects it has.

If you are in a lot of pain, you can get a urinary analgesic from a drug store tonight (Azo is an example) too.

I hope this information helps. Please let me know if I can provide further information.


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Brief Answer: Information Detailed Answer: Hello and welcome, Yes, it does sound like a UTI is likely. If drinking copious amounts of water and cranberry haven't been enough to stop it, I recommend you go in to an urgent care clinic that stays open late, or go in in the morning (providing you don't have symptoms of complications such as fever/chills, nausea, or kidney area/flank pain - in which case you must be seen tonight). When you go in, they should get a urine specimen from your there. In the office/clinic, they can do an immediate dip urinalysis with a dipstick which can show if there are signs of bacteria (leukocyte esterase will be positive). If that is the case, make sure they send the specimen to the lab for a culture and sensitivity test. They will start you on an antibiotic, but the sensitivity test will show what antibiotics are effective against the bacteria that grows. This is a good idea to do in case the bacteria turns out to be resistant - you will know what you are dealing with and what antibiotics will work. A typical antibiotic for UTIs is trimethoprim/sulfamethoxazole double strength (Bactrim or Septra). It is a sulfa based antibiotic. Cipro is another option, but if possible, I tend to stay away from it because of the rare but real risks of significant side effects it has. If you are in a lot of pain, you can get a urinary analgesic from a drug store tonight (Azo is an example) too. I hope this information helps. Please let me know if I can provide further information.