A new study finds that urinary tract infections (UTI’s) might have more than one treatment option.
A urinary tract infection (UTI) is an infection in any part of your urinary system. The urinary system is comprised of the kidneys, ureters, bladder and urethra. Most infections impact the bladder and urethra but more serious risks occur if the infection spreads to the kidneys.
If you have a bladder infection caused by bacteria, a health care professional is likely to prescribe antibiotics. Which antibiotic you take is based on the type of bacteria causing your infection and any allergies you may have to antibiotics.
Often, UTIs can be cleared up with antibiotics prescribed by a health care professional. An appropriate antibiotic is chosen based on the type of bacteria causing the infection and that individuals health history; however, 10 to 20 percent of cases do not respond to current first-line drugs. The new study looked at new treatment options.
One of the co-authors of the study, Scott J. Hultgren, professor of molecular microbiology at Washington University in St. Louis said, “Millions of women every year suffer UTIs, and they’re getting harder to treat. We’ve shown that just by blocking the bacteria from adhering to the mice’s urinary tracts, we can treat the infection. This is a new way of approaching the problem of antibiotic resistance.”
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