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Tough-to-Treat UTIs More Likely to Recur

Tough-to-Treat UTIs More Likely to Recur

If your urinary tract infection isn’t responding to antibiotics, you could be headed for a fast relapse, researchers say.

In a study of 151 adults with antibiotic-resistant UTIs, investigators found that these patients were more likely to have a relapse within a week and were more likely to be prescribed an incorrect antibiotic than a comparison group of patients with non-resistant UTIs.

“This study adds to the evidence that drug-resistant bacteria are an increasing issue, even in the community and even in patients who have something seemingly uncomplicated, like a urinary tract infection,” said study lead author Dr. Judith Anesi –  a clinical epidemiologist and infectious disease fellow at Penn Medicine in Philadelphia.

The study was published recently in the journal Infection Control & Hospital Epidemiology.

“These drug-resistant infections are difficult to treat, and our study shows that relapses are common. This is an alarming finding, and interventions to curb antibiotic resistance are urgently needed,” Anesi said in a journal news release. 

SOURCE: Infection Control & Hospital Epidemiology, news release, Oct. 30, 2018

 

In a recently released World Health Organization (WHO) report,

scientists found resistance rates of 25 to 50% to antibiotics commonly used to treat UTIs.

Implications of using antibiotics for UTI prevention:

Physicians traditionally used antibiotics to prevent UTIs, not just treat them. It is worth noting that while prophylaxis with antibiotics is effective in staving off UTIs, using antibiotics to prevent UTIs can have serious drawbacks.

For one, while antibiotics do strip our body of the bad bacteria that can cause UTIs, they also strip our body of the good bacteria we need to keep a balanced vagina. Without the good bacteria, yeast infections can more easily set in.

Additionally, while antibiotics kill almost all the bacteria in question, it doesn’t always kill all the bacteria. When some bacteria can survive antibiotics, that bacteria develop resistance to the drug. As the resistant bacteria reproduces, they give rise to new populations that are similarly resistant. Pretty soon, that bacteria could have given rise to entire generations of antibiotic resistant bacteria.

So while antibiotics are certainly a tempting UTI prevention method for someone who repeatedly suffers from UTIs, it is worth noting that overusing antibiotics comes with potential long-term risk and side effects.

The growing concern over the risk of antibiotic resistance is the primary reason most healthcare practitioners are now turning towards non-antibiotic approaches to treating recurrent or chronic cases of UTIs and trying to prevent them before they even begin.

But GOOD news…

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“URIEXO® gives your body a two-pronged defence to fight off bacteria, by binding to two different types of receptors on the bacterial surface thereby

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