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I am taking prednisone for bronchitis. Are urinary tract infections a possible side effect of this medicine?

I am taking prednisone for bronchitis. Are urinary tract infections a possible side effect of this medicine?

Not really: Certainly, a long term course of steroids will lower your immune system's efficiency, but on a short term course there should be no increased risk of UTI. ...Read more

Dr. Chad Levitt
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Infection (Definition)

Infections are invasions of some other organism (fungus, bacteria, parasite) or viruses into places where they do not belong. For instance, we have normal gut bacteria that live within us without causing problems; however, when those penetrate the bowel wall and enter the bloodstream, ...Read more

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Treating Clostridium Difficile Infection (Checklist)

Know it's common complication of antibiotics & being around sick people
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Minimize use of broad spectrum antibiotics & stay out of hospitals
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Use probiotics to outcompete the clostridium difficile bacteria
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Why do females have urinary tract infections (utis) more often than men?

Why do females have urinary tract infections (utis) more often than men?

Anatomy: 1)women have much shorter urthras than men. 2urine can be trapped behind labia if women do not spread thighs widely enough to seperate labia. 3)soapy bathwater/bubble bath can enter bladder via urethra, cause irritation permitting bacteria to adhere & penetrate lining. 4)rectum is closer to urethra. 5)sex act pumps bacteria from meatus up to bladder.5)thong underwear rub & push bacteria up urethra. ...Read more

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What are some causes of urinary tract infections?

Basic concepts-: Normally, the human urinary system is designed to 1) flow one way (i.e. Out) and 2) completely empty the bladder. Disrupting forward flow can cause "back wash" of urine(with bacteria) into the urethra (eg.Chronic catheter use, wiping improperly); if urine is left standing in the bladder (like an enlarged prostate, weak bladder, anatomical problem), then bacteria can grow and cause infection. ...Read more

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Treating Clostridium Difficile Infection (Checklist)

Take recommended therapy completely
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void antibiotics unless absolutely necessary
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Tell your doctor immediately if diarrhea recurs
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Consider probiotics
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Why are females more prone to urinary tract infections v males?

Why are females more prone to urinary tract infections v males?

Anatomy.: The urethra is the tube that connects the bladder to the exterior of the body. Women have a shorter urethra than males, so bacteria have easier access to the bladder. Also, female urethras are close in proximity to the anus and vulnerable to contamination by gut bacteria. Bacteria from the anal area, such as e. Coli, are a common cause of UTI in women, especially those who are sexually active. ...Read more

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What causes urinary tract infections?

What causes urinary tract infections?

Bacteria: Utis are caused by bacterial migration into the urethra/bladder. Hygeine (not wiping front to back, etc) may be an issue. Urinating before and after intercourse helps to decrease risk of uti. Cranberry juice and increasing water intake may help prevent bacteria from sticking to the bladder wall. Recurrence may indicate anatomical or medical (diabetes, hiv, etc) problems and warrant a work up. ...Read more

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Treating Clostridium Difficile Infection (Checklist)

Take your medication
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Take probiotics
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Avoid high-sugar foods
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Urinary Tract Infections (Definition)

A urinary tract infection (often called UTI) is most commonly caused by bacteria and usually refers to an infection in the bladder. Not all bacteria that grows from the urine represents an infection, so the need for antibiotics is determined by your ...Read more

Urinary (Definition)

Any subject, be it anatomy, physiology, or object pertaining to urine. For example: urinary tract (anatomy), urinary catheter (object), ...Read more

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