UTI all the time!! Why??

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Hi just looking for some advice!

I seem to get urine infections once every month or two. I always take nitrofurantoin as other antibiotics haven't worked for me. I am 20 and I get them regardless of wether I'm on birth control or not. so sick of having to take antibiotics all the time and they make me feel sick. sad

Has anyone got any tips on how I can avoid getting them I already do a lot to prevent getting them as they are constantly on my mind!

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    Oh dear, so sorry for you. I am at the other end of life but have suffered with them all my life, so have complete sympathy for you. I can tell you that cranberry juice, however pure is of no help and neither is D-mannose (if you've heard of that). What does help, especially as you have so many antibiotics, is a good (and stress good) probiotic. I take one which is specifically designed for that area of a woman's body twice a day and I would not be without mine. Other than that I would say cut out sugar, drink up to 2 litres of water a day, avoid acid foods and drink (that means wine too 😢 wink and one procedure that I have found has made a big difference, is urethral dilation. They may not do it on someone your age, but worth checking out. I suspect at 20, your skin elasticity is so good, the procedure would be pointless. There is a school of thought that says the bacteria hide in folds and crevices in the body and are not entirely killed off by the antibiotics. As soon as the antibiotics end, they recolonise. Try to avoid ciprofloxacin by the way - nasty and potentially dangerous antibiotic. Cefalexin works well for me as I am allergic to Nitro. Wish I could wave a magic wand for you! Good luck and hopefully you will get some helpful suggestions from others.

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    No idea why you got a smiley face too - that was just a bracket!!!!!!!  SAD face far more appropriate!
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      Thank you for that! It's a big help. Been to the doctors today I need a scan on my kidneys I just feel poorly and sick and I don't know if that is the antibiotics or the infection

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      Hi there, sorry to hear of the on going uti.  The antibiotic you are on also referred to as Macrobid, is one that is meant for the bladder, and it only covers a few types of bacteria, it also is strong so it is no wonder you are feeling sick because that is the number one side effect.  My understanding with antibiotics they are not meant to be prescribed back to back due to the fact that the bacteria will become resistant.  There are other options if you are not allergic.   Louie is right a good probiotic needs to be taken to prevent further infections.  It's good that they are doing test to make sure that there is nothing. Functioning abnormally in the urinary tract to cause infection, often times than not everything is fine.  To prevent is if you are sexually active, make sure you are clean and your partner is Clean and always, always, always, urinate after sex, another thing is don't sit in a wet bathing suit, always wear cotton underwear, and keep your hormones and ph levels under control.  Decrease sugar intake, drink lots to keep kidneys clean and functioning.  I hope you get this under control, I know how awful they are.

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      Thank you I haven't taken any more antibiotics as last night I took one and I was up all night feeling sick. I don't know if I have caught a bug as I feel really light headed and poorly.

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      More than likely a side effect......anytime I took it I felt spaced out and so nauseated.  If you still think you have a UTI you chould see a doc and get a different antibiotic.

       

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      Oh that is exactly how I was with Nitrofurantoin. In fact it was so bad I passed out on the bathroom floor. I just cannot take that one. Which antibiotic they prescribe depends on the infection you have. I always get e-coli and fortunately I can take cefalexin for that, one of the few that I am not allergic to.

       

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