Recurrent Cystitis – Another bout of Cystitis? You are not alone.
Cystitis and urinary tract infections, often referred to as UTIs, are reported as the most common types of bacterial infection in outpatient medicine- causing between 1 – 3% of all doctor visits.
Up to one in 3 sufferers of UTI’s develop long-term recurrence with 3 or more episodes a year.
Uncomplicated UTIs affect both sexes and all ages but the majority occur in women and the frequency of infection increases markedly with age.
The most common cause of uncomplicated community-acquired bacterial UTI is Escherichia coli. (E.coli) this bacterium is found resident in the perineal and anal region. It seems that the reason why women have more cystitis than men is due to the shortness of the urethra, facilitating the invasion of urinary bladder through this “tube”. E coli thereby are able to adhere to the bladder wall and an infection occurs.
Bacterial cystitis is confirmed by the presence of bacteria in the urine culture.
Preventing Recurrent Infections – There are many potential triggers for uncomplicated recurrent bacterial cystitis: age, decreased mobility, and the menopause, and sexual activity, physical and genetic disposition. Anything that helps to avoid or dislodge the infection causing e coli is beneficial. Keeping well hydrated, good hygiene, weight control- and improving health in general will help fight off potential re infection. However, recurrent infections will have damaged the bladder wall making it easier for the e coli to adhere to the bladder wall.
The most common prescribed treatment for prevention is the continuous ingestion of sub-therapeutic doses of antibiotics for up to three months, or sometimes even more. However, it has been found that repeated doses of antibiotics to control recurrence, although usually effective initially, can encourage the bacteria to become antibiotic resistant. Furthermore, taking continuous antibiotics can cause other problems like intolerances, allergies and gut problems.
Stopping the adhesion of the e coli and dislodging it from the bladder wall is the key to success.
Evidence suggests that substances known as proanthocyanidins, which are found in cranberries, may interfere with the adhesion of bacteria (particularly E. coli) to the walls of the urinary tract.
The main mechanism of action is the inhibition of the bacterial adherence to uroepithelial cells and Pac’s are identified as responsible for this action. Pac’s have been proven to be dose dependent for their efficacy. So it’s important to choose a product proven to have an anti-adhesive effect on e coli.
Proven in clinical studies with sufferers, Cysticlean® 240mg mg PAC is effective against bacteria causing cystitis and its recurrence. It is a natural solution for cystitis sufferers wishing to avoid long- term antibiotic use.
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