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Urinary Tract Infections (UTIs) are quite common, with 1 in 2 women and 1 in 20 men being affected by one during their lifetime. A common treatment option is antibiotics. But around the world, there is a crisis of antibiotic resistance.
Antibiotics are medicines which help to treat and prevent infections1. There is a crisis emerging where bacteria are starting to become resistant to antibiotics. This means that when these bacteria cause infections, then these infections can be hard to treat.
Why is this happening? Antibiotic resistance happens naturally but when the use of antibiotics becomes misused, then the process is accelerated1. Antibiotics bought without a prescription, or in countries where antibiotics are overprescribed, has worsened the situation. This means that in the future, if actions aren’t taken to change the way antibiotics are provided and used, then common infections can again lead to death1.
UTIs occur when bacteria enter the urinary tract and then they multiply. They can infect the urinary system by entering through the urethra or, in rare cases, the bloodstream. The most common bacterium which causes UTIs is Escherichia coli which is spread from the anus to the urethra2.
The link between Antibiotics and UTIs
If you think that you’re experiencing a UTI, then it’s important to see your doctor. Most UTI are in the bladder and are not serious. But if they’re not treated promptly, then it can travel up to the kidneys and cause a more serious infection.
When you see your doctor, they may prescribe you with antibiotics. But there is a worry that antibiotic resistance would mean that antibiotics lose their effectiveness against UTIs. An analysis was done which showed that more people with a UTI would need to visit a GP in the future, resulting in hospitalisation and some requiring intensive care3.
So what should you do if you have a UTI? When you see your GP, ask them if URICIL is right for you. URICIL is a 2 in 1 urinary alkaliser and natural antibacterial. It helps to relieve symptoms and reduce occurrence of medically diagnosed cystitis, which is the most common type of UTI. URICIL eliminates the issues related to antibiotic resistance arising from prolonged antibiotic usage, such as antibiotics killing both good and bad bacteria. URICIL is available at all good pharmacies nationwide.