Chronic UTI is a poorly-recognised condition. Current treatment and guidelines only cover acute – one off infections making the assumption that most infections are short-term and easily resolved. But some urinary tract infections don’t get better with standard treatment. They turn into a debilitating long term illness – chronic UTI.

Sufferers of chronic UTI are left living with constant pain and distress, their lives changed

We hope what you read on this website will help you achieve the right diagnosis and treatment according to your individual circumstances.

What is chronic UTI?

Chronic urinary tract infections develop when ‘acute’ or ‘simple’ infections are left untreated or fail to get better with standard treatments.

Understand how a chronic UTI develops.

the bladder with a chronic urinary tract infection

Getting a diagnosis and treatment can be hard. Current tests for UTI don’t always work – they miss infections. Standard treatments only cover acute infections and don’t work for chronic UTI.

We explain the issues with standard tests and treatment

If you think you have a chronic urinary tract infection

Find a specialist doctor in the UK

Find a specialist physician in the US

See how conventional medicine can help

We also review whether complementary therapies and natural supplements work for urinary tract infections.

If you are already in treatment

Day to day help for chronic UTI

Find support

Read success stories


These four factsheets, written with specialists, will help:

Understand Chronic UTI

Explain your illness to family and friends

Employers understand your illness

Allow you to work with your GP in recognising a chronic UTI

Where can I get more information & support?

Find out more at the following:

Bladder Health UK

Chronic UTI Australia

The Chronic Urinary Tract Infection Campaign (CUTIC)

Live UTI Free