Because UTIs can be the result of more serious medical conditions, it is important to seek prompt medical advice for proper diagnosis and treatment. Most UTIs are painful and bothersome, but usually they can be successfully treated with antibiotics. A list of the antibiotics that are specific for treating UTIs would be lengthy. Just a few of the commonly used drugs are Bactrim, Ceclor, Ceftin, Cipro, Keflex, Macrodantin, and Septra. All drugs for UTIs require a prescription from a physician. Besides the use of prescription drugs, there are certain steps that persons with chronic UTIs can take to lower the likelihood of recurrence:
Avoid caffeine, alcohol, and spicy foods that can further irritate the bladder.
Use several capsules of a probiotic (Lactobacillus acidophilus) regularly.
Drink 8-10 glasses of water or other fluids each day to dilute bacteria in the urine.
Eat plain yogurt to help control development of a yeast infection after taking antibiotics for a UTI.
Cleanse well with soap and water before and after sexual activity. Your partner should do the same.
Take showers instead of baths.
Wear cotton underwear and loose-fitting clothes.
For women: if using a diaphragm, clean thoroughly, rinse, and carefully dry the diaphragm after each use. After using the toilet, always wipe from front to back.