What remedies are available for chronic UTI sufferers?

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Remedies for Chronic UTI?

Is there such a thing as a slow release antibiotic patch or the like?

Expert Answers

Jennifer Serafin, N.P. is a registered nurse and geriatric nurse practitioner at the Jewish Homes for the Aged in San Francisco.

Chronic urinary tract infections (UTIs) are often difficult to deal with, as it is such a complicated problem. First, the patient should be worked up to discover why they are getting frequent infections. If the cause can be helped, many times the number of infections will decrease. Chronic indwelling catheters can cause frequent UTIs, so the risk would be less if the catheter was removed. Urine retention, or not emptying the bladder fully, can cause stagnant urine to be left behind in the bladder, contributing to infection.

Many times, prophylactic antibiotics are tried for these problems, and they can be successful in some patients. These antibiotics are given as pills, as there is no antibiotic patches on the market. Most are taken one a day, so ask your health care provider if this is an option for you.

Good luck!