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Recurrent Urinary Infection (UTIs/Cystitis)

Recurrent urinary tract infections (UTIs/Cystitis)

 

Recurrent urinary tract infections are a common problem, and can be very troublesome for women. Most women are well aware of ways to try and minimise the frequency of urinary tract infections.

These include;
-Drinking well
-Avoiding constipation
-Emptying your bladder after intercourse

 

Use of antibiotics in recurrent urinary tract infections

We try and minimise the use of antibiotics if at all possible, and if we have to use antibiotics, use a short a course as possible. We give some women who have frequent recurrent UTIs a prescription for antibiotics, to start taking as soon as they develop symptoms of an infection. This minimises the hassle of having to go to a doctor (often after hours), and getting a prescription. For women who have urinary infection specifically related to intercourse, a single antibiotic after intercourse can be very effective.

 

Other Options for Recurrent UTIs

Other remedies can be helpful. While there may not be a lot of evidence for these, they certainly do work for some women. These include;
-Cranberry juice or tablets
-Hipprex. This is a antiseptic tablet rather than antibiotic. It can be purchased, or on prescription.
-D–Mannose. This works by preventing bacteria adhering or sticking to the urethra. This can be very effective in some men and women. It can be purchased as a tablet.
-Uromune - see information sheet
-iAluril. For women with severely affected bladders, where the lining of the bladder is damaged, iAluril can be very helpful. This helps to replenish the natural layers of the bladder lining. It can be very effective for chronic inflammation and infection. It is instilled via a catheter on a weekly basis for 4-6 weeks.

 

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