Recurrent urinary tract infections (UTI)

Posted by mpeters @mpeters, Feb 19, 2018

I have had four uti’s in the last eight months. Of those eight, I had three in three months. I’m wondering if I should see a specialist. I like my primary care provider but he is very busy. Also, if you know of anything I can be doing until my next appointment with my primary care provider, which is three months away.

Is there a vaccine in development or in clinical trials for prevention of urinary tract infections?It would be a blessing for so many people.

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@fotula

Is there a vaccine in development or in clinical trials for prevention of urinary tract infections?It would be a blessing for so many people.

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@fotula I moved your message to this discussion in the Kidney & Bladder group.

Apparently research is being done to develop a vaccine to help prevent urinary tract infections (UTIs). Early studies look promising and further trials are being conducted.

– Vaccine Development for Urinary Tract Infections: Where Do We Stand? (2018) https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/30093359
– Editorial: Urinary tract infection vaccines – the ‘burning’ issue (2019) https://www.bjuinternational.com/article-of-the-week/editorial-urinary-tract-infection-vaccines-burning-issue/

Fotula, have you and your doctor discovered the cause of the recurrent UTIs you're experiencing?

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@colleenyoung

@fotula I moved your message to this discussion in the Kidney & Bladder group.

Apparently research is being done to develop a vaccine to help prevent urinary tract infections (UTIs). Early studies look promising and further trials are being conducted.

– Vaccine Development for Urinary Tract Infections: Where Do We Stand? (2018) https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/30093359
– Editorial: Urinary tract infection vaccines – the ‘burning’ issue (2019) https://www.bjuinternational.com/article-of-the-week/editorial-urinary-tract-infection-vaccines-burning-issue/

Fotula, have you and your doctor discovered the cause of the recurrent UTIs you're experiencing?

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I didn’t know that someone is working on a vaccine for UTIs. Wow. I really need this. Because of my spinal cord stroke I have frequent UTIs and I feel this has contributed to my kidney failure. I will as my doctor about this. They have never mentioned anything about a cure. Thanks for the information.🥰

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@colleenyoung

@fotula I moved your message to this discussion in the Kidney & Bladder group.

Apparently research is being done to develop a vaccine to help prevent urinary tract infections (UTIs). Early studies look promising and further trials are being conducted.

– Vaccine Development for Urinary Tract Infections: Where Do We Stand? (2018) https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/30093359
– Editorial: Urinary tract infection vaccines – the ‘burning’ issue (2019) https://www.bjuinternational.com/article-of-the-week/editorial-urinary-tract-infection-vaccines-burning-issue/

Fotula, have you and your doctor discovered the cause of the recurrent UTIs you're experiencing?

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I have had every test you can think of. Nothing abnormal. I drink 3 quarts of water daily, take probiotics, 500mg Vitamin C, d-mannose, cystex, you name it. It just happens. It all started after I went thru menopause.

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Georgia/Australia – Hi empter –Hope this is not too too late to help. Try UTI's every 10 days !!! GP and emergency depts. will just give you the antibiotic that shows up on their blood or urine test. You need to ask the specialist to give you an appointment with the ID (INFECTIOUS DISEASE) SPECIALIST AT THE HOSPITAL. He will find a taylor-made antibiotic to suite your particular needs. Make him your best friend.

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@huffman1835

Yes see a nephrologist doc- or maybe urologist! It may be a simple fix of something you're doing or it could be a warning sign. I ignored recurrent uti's for years and wish I could turn back time. Good Luck, Kathy Post-Kidney Transplant 2013

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Georgia/Australia – Yes, UTI's was the first sign of bladder cancer for me. The GP just sent me for pelvic floor exercises !!! NO. Have a PET scan.

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@jakedduck1

@sandyhelman
@colleenyoung
Hello kids,
When I went to the hospital with a kidney stone and had an infection I said to the doctor ”It’s a good thing I’ve been drinking cranberry juice” and his reply was ”The only thing cranberry juice does for you is make you fat”
I've had many lady friends who swear by it.
My dad who was a quadriplegic and prone to UTI’s was told there was nothing better to drink than water.
I won’t say one way or the other whether it works or not but the medical research seems to refute the theory.
Jake

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RE: UTI. One help is to be able to detect it "at home". Buy a Siemen's 10 Dipstick pack for about $60. (It is what your GP has) You can dip it at home any time and read the LEU, and NIT (top two colors indicate bacteria levels). In other words — "Somethin's goin on". After while you learn to read all 10 and it is very easy and comforting to be able to understand your kidney function level. Georgia from Australia

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@australia

RE: UTI. One help is to be able to detect it "at home". Buy a Siemen's 10 Dipstick pack for about $60. (It is what your GP has) You can dip it at home any time and read the LEU, and NIT (top two colors indicate bacteria levels). In other words — "Somethin's goin on". After while you learn to read all 10 and it is very easy and comforting to be able to understand your kidney function level. Georgia from Australia

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I do mine about once a month. No UTIs in a while, but the kidney function is not great.

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@darlingtondoll

I do mine about once a month. No UTIs in a while, but the kidney function is not great.

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Georgia from Australia — If your kidney function is not at a good eGFR level, why would you not use that Siemen's dipstick weekly just to give you a nice comfortable feeling. The 2nd NIT – orange color on the stick is bacteria and that is "not that good to let get out of hand" when you have low kidney function. I hit it immediately with the antibiotic that the Infectious Disease specialist made "just for me".It is so much more relaxing to "do it at home" instead of running each time to the GP.

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Do you take tub baths? I used to get them all the time when I took bubble baths.

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@australia

RE: UTI. One help is to be able to detect it "at home". Buy a Siemen's 10 Dipstick pack for about $60. (It is what your GP has) You can dip it at home any time and read the LEU, and NIT (top two colors indicate bacteria levels). In other words — "Somethin's goin on". After while you learn to read all 10 and it is very easy and comforting to be able to understand your kidney function level. Georgia from Australia

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@australia The "Siemen's 10 Dipstick pack" detects kidney problems also? My daughter used to have some dipsticks but I thought they just measured if you had a UTI.
She gave me some of hers and I mentioned it to a urologist I was going to at the time. The doctor said I could not possibly read them correctly since I am a layperson! I happened to mention that to my endocrinologist and he really laughed. He said it's about as complex as reading the sticks he uses to check his swimming pool.
JK

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To @contentandwell from Georgia in Australia, Yes, the Siemens's 10 Dipstick tells you the "quality" of the urine that is being filtered by your kidney. But in the Siemen's pack is a paper and it tell the "possible implications" of the levels of colour . I told my GP I would use it and she said. OK. !! I note the levels of colour in the first two, Leukocytes and Nitrites. These two are my indicators that there is possibly a UTI.
I say to myself, "well, I will test it again tomorrow and if the colour is darker (higher) I will take a urine sample to my GP and find out which antibiotic I should use. A lab will pick one or two for the job. You can see how this dipstick indicator can shorten the time that you are able to detect what is going on. It does not eliminate the GP. I say again. If it is a frequent – long term problem — ask to see the Infectious Disease Specialist at your hospital. He can pinpoint the BEST antibiotic to cover the broadest range of bacteria for you. (A bit technical — the bladder full of urine is directly connected through a long tube (*ureter) to your kidneys.
If the bacteria is in the bladder it can travel up to the kidney– logical ? You can ask your G P if this happens – Urine quality has to logically be an indicator of the working of the kidneys ? Yes. I allege your endocrinologist is not too kind as to make such a remark – he or she is NOT a kidney specialist.
My ID, Nephrologist (kidney specialist) and GP allow me to do this test at home to shorten the time of detection. It can be the difference between a 5 day course of antibiotic and "done'. Or longer one — boring!!! Buy the dipstick and see if you can read it. Ask the GP to help you.

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