A practical guide on the non-antibiotic options available in the prevention of recurrent urinary tract infections in womenAnushree Kucheria, Sagar Kanabar, Christopher Blick, Bob Yang
- General Medicine
Urinary Tract infection (UTI) is one of the most common infections worldwide, patients present to multiple different specialities in the community, primary and secondary care. Antibiotics are considered standard first line therapy in the treatment of urinary tract infections, however there is an alarming rise in global antibiotic resistance rates, so much so that the World Health Organisation has labelled antibiotic resistance as one of the biggest challenges to public health in our lifetime, publishing a global action plan to tackle this challenge. As a result, there is an increasing need to discover non-antibiotic alternatives, recently a number of novel therapies have been introduced into clinical practice. These are divided into oral, topical, intravesical and immunomodulation therapies. The aim of this paper is to summarise the current non-antibiotic treatments as a practical guide to utilise in patient care.