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Wednesday, 9 November 2016

UTI’s (Article 10) - Can I prevent urine infections?

Can I prevent urine infections?

Unfortunately, there are few proven ways to prevent urine infections. No evidence has been found for traditional advice given, such as drinking cranberry juice or the way you wipe yourself.

There are some measures which may help in some cases.

It makes sense to avoid constipation, by eating plenty of fibre (such as fruit) and drinking enough fluid.

Older women with atrophic vaginitis may wish to consider hormone replacement creams or pessaries. These have been shown to help prevent urine infections.

If there is an underlying medical problem, treatment for this may stop urine infections occurring.

For some people with recurring urine infections, a low dose of antibiotic taken continuously may be prescribed.
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