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Bladder Infection Symptoms, Risk Factors & Treatment



How Is a Bladder Infection Treated? Bladder infections are treated with prescription medications to kill the bacteria and relieve pain and burning. Home treatments may also help relieve symptoms and cure the infection.

  • Medication. Oral antibiotics are used to kill the bacteria that are causing the bladder infection. If you’re experiencing pain and burning sensations, your doctor may also prescribe medication to relieve those symptoms.
  • Home Treatment. Plenty of fluids can help flush the bacteria out of your bladder, but water is best. Your doctor may recommend that you take over-the-counter ascorbic acid (vitamin C) or drink cranberry juice to increase the acid levels in your urine, which helps to kill the bacteria.


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