What is the prognosis (outlook) for a person with a urinary tract infection?

Urinary tract infections (UTIs) typically respond very well to treatment. A UTI can be uncomfortable before you start treatment, but once your healthcare provider identifies the type of bacteria and prescribes the right antibiotic medication, your symptoms should improve quickly. It’s important to keep taking your medication for the entire amount of time your healthcare provider prescribed. If you have frequent UTIs or if your symptoms aren’t improving, your provider may test to see if it’s an antibiotic-resistant infection. These are more complicated infections to treat and may require intravenous antibiotics (through an IV) or alternative treatments.

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