Getting the right diagnosis is key
To reduce morbidity, to limit recurrences and /or complications and to receive the best treatment option.
Visit your doctor promptly if you suspect to get a cystitis. The ACSS questionnaire can help you in finding out if you have it.
Who is more at risk of recurrences?
- Are sexually active
- Have had infections caused by gram negative pathogens
- Are postmenopausal
- Are constipated
- Have had previous treatment for ABU
To predict your recurrence risk , ask your doctor to use the LUTIRE nomogram that will help you and your doctor to chose the best preventative approach
Antimicrobial resistance is one of the biggest threats to health
- It can lead to increased mortality & more severe infections with potentially longer hospital stays
- Treatable infections today may become untreatable tomorrow
- Antimicrobials disrupt the natural microbiota, affecting its ability to protect against colonisation from uropathogens
Antibiotic prophylaxis studies are generally old and efficacy results might be outdated due to increasing rates of resistance, as well as unlisted side effects due to their broader, prolonged or chronic use, including collateral damages RECAP
What complications of UTI should I look out for?
Among other complications pay close attention to the impact on your quality of life:
- Although uncomplicated cystitis in women is considered to be a relatively benign and self-limiting condition, it can have a substantial negative effect on you.
- Any illness, even if short-lived and not life threatening, can have an important impact on your daily activities, social functioning and wellbeing.
- The sudden, unforeseeable, and distressing nature of painful UTI episodes often cause you anxiety. The resulting social handicap can lead to clinical symptoms of depression.
- Acute cystitis, as well as failure of the treatment, and adverse effects of antibiotics can reduce your quality of life.
As recurrent cystitis seem to be independently associated with a negative impact on quality of life or poor subjective wellbeing, more focus is needed on prevention , diagnosis and treatment of UTIs. Discuss this with your doctor.
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