NUH recently published a guide to help patients understand how the hospital approach the management of UTI, as well as to empower the patient with some basic knowledge on how to care for themselves as part of the treatment programme.
Every UTI is different, and hence the management plan will be tailored for each patient so that the management can do their best to help care for each patient. Supplements can be used for UTI prevention
These supplements aim to improve the local environment at the genitalia region to enhance the barrier protection against bacteria, and in doing so, reduce the recurrence or prevent UTI episodes. However, the response that every patient has to these supplements is different and heance a discussion with your doctor on what is suitable should be held. Probiotics
- There are many different strains of probiotics, with a few strains showing better effects for urogenital tract.
- There are also combinations of probiotics with cranberry extracts available
- Cranberry has shown in studies to have an effect on some bacteria strains that commonly cause UTI, in particular E.coli.
Source: NUH HospitalAdditional Information
Women are especially prone to UTI, owing to the shortness of the female urethra, which is closer to the anus than men’s.
In addition, women are at particular risk of recurrent UTIs after menopause because of decreased levels of oestrogen, which reduces the number of lactobacilli, the “friendly” bacteria
that inhabit the vagina of fertile women and prevent other bacteria from invading the urethra.
Also, after menopause, the mucous lining of the urinary tract becomes thinner, reducing its ability to resist bacteria invasion. In Singapore, about four percent of young adult females are affected. The incidence rises with age to seven percent at 50 years.
During the first six months of life, UTIs are more common in boys because more males are born with structural abnormalities of the urinary tract. Thereafter, UTIs are more common in females. Urine is normally sterile. Infection occurs when microorganisms (usually bacteria from the gut) attach themselves to the urethra and begin to multiply. The infection may remain in the lower urinary tract (urethra and bladder) or it may move higher to the kidneys. UTI may also be transmitted sexually.
Lactocran + Probiotics is available at NUH Pharmacy, LactoCran + probiotics work in a synergistic triple effect combining clinically proven CranMax (Cranberry Extract) with specially selected 19 probiotic strains and prebiotics to block the pathogenic effects of many common UTI causing bacteria. LactoCran + is able to help relieve and prevent urinary tract infection (UTI) and recurrent UTI.
LactoCran + Probiotics is available at NUH Pharmacy and Watsons Pharmacies