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#1 bodyofaslug

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Posted 28 May 2021 - 01:27 AM

Hey. So I have a UTI and went to a doctor last night and got a prescription for an antibiotic which I will be picking up today. I’m also drinking 3L of water or more. I haven’t eaten anything more than usual (which I’ve been losing every day on) but I have somehow gained weight.

Is this water weight? Is it normal to retain like 1kg of water during a UTI even though I’m staying hydrated?

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Posted 28 May 2021 - 02:02 AM

my last kidney infection caused me to retain almost 5 pounds of water. Water retention is another side effect of antibiotics.


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Posted 22 July 2021 - 04:15 AM

my last kidney infection caused me to retain almost 5 pounds of water. Water retention is another side effect of antibiotics.

Im on antibiotics now too and have gained randomly (haven't changed diet or exercise), is it true they make you retain water? Where can I find this info? But thats a big relief if so



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Posted Yesterday, 11:14 PM

Im on antibiotics now too and have gained randomly (haven't changed diet or exercise), is it true they make you retain water? Where can I find this info? But thats a big relief if so

 

I personally have not done specific research into this, mostly going off personal experience and the experience of others. I suspect part of it may be the body's own response to fighting the infection: your lymph system has to clear out a lot more debris (destroyed pathogens, damaged cells, spent immune system cells), so it may signal "yo we need more fluids to clear this all out!", causing the temporary water retention. Damaged tissue also has a high affinity to water, so some of the water retention may not be from the antibiotics but rather the infection itself?


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