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What Can I Do About Recurrent Bladder Infections?

By    |   Monday, 05 May 2014 09:40 AM

Question: I get recurring bladder infections and I am on antibiotics 10 months of the year, and my bladder hurts all the time (I have discomfort and pressure). I have been suffering for over 15 years now. What can I do? Are there any supplements I could I take to avoid bladder infections?

Dr. Hibberd's answer:
 
Chronic or recurring bladder infections need to be corrected. Overuse of antibiotics can cause resistance as well as severe adverse effects on your bowel and kill off bacterial protective. While most recurrent bladder infections can be prevented or treated, there still are some that need urinary antiseptic therapy.
 
The trick here is to use agents that prevent or retard growth of bacteria and fungi, while reserving the use of more potent antibiotics for short-term infection eradication. There are some supplements that can limit bacterial growth in urine, the most common being cranberry juice.

Effective and liberal fluid intake, voiding after sexual activity or other activity that may massage bacteria up a urethra ( especially in women where the urethra is one-inch long and subject to bacterial reflux into the bladder — much more so than the longer male urethra where bacterial reflux is really not a usual problem.
 
You should wear loose-fitting clothing made from breathable fabrics such as cotton. It is also a good idea to empty your bladder frequently and avoid holding your urine. Sometimes recurring infections are caused by a stricture or obstruction of urine flow. This can be due to a tumor, an enlarged prostate (in men) or enlarged prolapsed uterus (in women). 

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