Friday, May 20, 2011

Bacteria Can Survive in Bladder After Antibiotic Treatment

Bladder infections caused by E. coli, a common bacterium, return in as many as 30% of women apparently cured by antibiotics. Until now, the reason was not always clear. Bacteria may be able to survive antibiotic treatment for bladder infections by reverting to an inactive state.

According to the researcher's laboratory experiments, the number of bacteria reproducing dropped to zero within several days of antibiotic treatment.

Not all the bacteria were killed, though. The test showed that about 3% of the bacteria were still present in a dormant state after treatment with ciprofloxacin and about 7% lingered after treatment with trimethoprim-sulfamethoxazole.

Even after a month of antibiotic exposure, 10 million of the original 1 billion bacteria remained. Read more...

Immunice for Immune Support

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