How often are urinary tract infections resistant to antibiotics?

Recurrent cystitis

Cystitis rarely stays alone

Of recurrent bladder infections one speaks when those affected suffer from a urinary tract infection more than twice every six months or three times a year. The life of those affected is often extremely restricted. Potential triggers such as swimming, sexual intercourse or the use of public toilets are avoided as a precaution.

The main cause of recurrent cystitis is re-infection (re-infection). This is the case in around 90% of recurring bladder infections.

Stopping antibiotic therapy too early increases the risk of recurrent bladder infections. This may not have killed all of the germs. Frequent use of antibiotics can also promote recurrent bladder infections. The reason for this is that the bacteria have developed resistance to the antibiotic.

Due to the constant inflammation of the bladder, the mucous membranes of the urinary tract are often severely irritated, which can encourage the renewed penetration of germs. Therefore, in particular, the follow-up care of a cystitis is ascribed a special role.

Herbal medicines, in particular, are a good choice to help the acute symptoms subside and prevent re-infection.

If you keep having urinary tract infections, you should get a thorough health check-up. Often other diseases can promote the occurrence of bladder infections.

Possible risk factors:

  • Metabolic disorders such as diabetes
  • Kidney and bladder stones
  • Narrowed urinary tract
  • Weakened immune defense e.g. during menstruation, with a cold, but also in stressful phases
  • Decrease in hormone production during and after menopause
  • Gynecological infections