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Antibiotics Hike Candida Risk

Tuesday, 29 May 2012 11:36 AM


Using certain antibiotics may boost the risk of infection later with drug-resistant strains of the severe fungal disease candida, new research shows.
The study, reported in the journal Antimicrobial Agents and Chemotherapy, noted candida is a common cause of hospital infections and frequently strikes patients with long hospital stays, abdominal surgery, antibiotic treatment and catheterization. Researchers found the use of four antibiotic drugs increased the risk of infection with fluconazole-resistant candida nearly three-fold.

For the study, Ronen Ben-Ami of Tel Aviv Sourasky Medical Center and his colleagues tracked 444 patients who had candida in their blood. About 8.5 percent were infected with drug-resistant candida. Researchers also investigated their past use of antibiotics.

What they found is that virtually all the patients had had exposure to antibacterial drugs in the month before they were diagnosed with the fungal infection.
"Moreover, the majority of patients received multiple classes of antibacterials, either concomitantly or sequentially," said Ben-Ami. "Our findings underscore the importance of limiting the use of antibiotics to those situations where these drugs are strictly indicated."



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