How Long Does a UTI Last? Understanding the Duration of Urinary Tract Infections

Dr. Phil Mitchell
Medically reviewed by Dr. Phil Mitchell

How long does a UTI last?

The duration of a UTI or Urinary Tract Infection can vary depending on several factors, including the severity of the infection and how quickly it’s diagnosed and treated.

In general, most uncomplicated UTIs can be treated with a short course of antibiotics and symptoms start to improve within a few days. However, it’s important to finish the full course of antibiotics prescribed by your healthcare provider to ensure the infection is completely cleared.

If left untreated, UTIs can lead to more serious complications such as kidney damage and sepsis, which can prolong the duration of the infection and require more intensive treatment.

For most people, the symptoms of a UTI will completely resolve within a week or two of starting treatment. However, some people may experience lingering symptoms or recurrent infections, which may require further evaluation by a healthcare provider.

To reduce your risk of developing a UTI and ensure prompt diagnosis and treatment, it’s important to practice good hygiene habits, drink plenty of water, and seek medical attention if you suspect you have a UTI.