Are you experiencing urinary tract infection (UTI) symptoms? Most likely your doctor will prescribe you some antibiotics. Sadly, there is a high chance that your bacteria will be resistant!
Dr. Iskander presented findings at the European Association of Urology (EAU) 29th Annual Congress. His team conducted a research study in a hospital, where they were analyzing thousands of patients with various conditions, caused by E. coli.
The research shows that 20-30% of the patients had bacteria which was resistant to either Ciprofloxacin or Cephalexin (two major drugs used to treat UTI symptoms).
“The problem is we want everyone to be treated rapidly, effectively, and quickly in the community, so treatment has to be empirical,” said Dr. Iskander. “It takes 3 days to get a culture result and, for most women, I only need 3 days of amoxicillin/clavulanic to treat them.”
It seems that physicians “are doing what they’ve been told in their guidance. They’ve been told that for a simple UTI, they should use short courses — 3 days — of trimethoprim, nitrofurantoin, or cephalexin,” he told Medscape Medical News.
Bottom line? If you are suffering from repeated UTI symptoms, insist that your doctor conducts culture tests!