Urinary Tract Infections in Teens and Adults (cont.)
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Exams and Tests
If you have symptoms of a urinary tract infection (UTI), your first evaluation by a doctor will likely include:
Your doctor may order a urine culture to confirm the diagnosis of a suspected UTI. But if your symptoms, medical history, and urinalysis make the presence of an uncomplicated urinary tract infection likely, your doctor may have you begin treatment with antibiotics without waiting for the results of a urine culture.
A doctor may order a urine culture:
If you are pregnant, your doctor may order a urine culture:
Tests used less frequently
If the infection does not respond to treatment with antibiotics or recurs rapidly, if the infection may be complicated by other factors, or, in some cases, if the kidneys are infected, your doctor may order other tests to:
If you get UTIs often, your doctor may write you a standing prescription for antibiotics that you can fill without a doctor's appointment. Then when you first have symptoms of a UTI, you can start taking medicine right away. You may want to use a home test for UTI to make sure you have an infection before you start antibiotics.
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