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Antibiotic-resistant urinary tract infections are on the rise
- By Lisa Bebell, MD, Contributor
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Thank you for your thoughtful comments and questions. Antibacterial soaps are generally not recommended, especially in delicate areas such as the genital region. There are circumstances in which antibacterial soaps are good to use, but most of the time I recommend very gentle, non-perfumed soaps and minimal scrubbing. There are indeed healthy bacteria living on our bodies, and it is good to allow those communities to remain intact as much as possible!
– lisa bebell
This is so scary to me, I fear the Day they will stop working as we haven’t discovered New antibiotic for some time now. I do think we propably will find something different some day.
Anyway you usually don’t need any antibiotic to fight of a reglar urinary trac infection. For me it has helped to drink lot and sort of pee it out.
If it hits kidneys and your blood that’s where the danger is why we need the antibiotics to keep on working. And Doctorsneed to stop describing for virus infections.
Dear Madge Bennett – very gentle cleansers are recommended for the genital area – your recommendations here seem sound. -lisa
I have had similar problems too ,the infection is resistance
Care of skin on body , including genital area – years of experience negates use of liquid ‘soaps’ and detergents – especially anti-bacterial. Colloidal oatmeal in bath – and in shower equals cleanliness, — retaining appropriate acid mantle (no odors – plus, soothing to sensitive skin). Entire family has tendency to ‘eczematous’ skin – (sensitivitiy to nightshade flora, lactose, gluten ‘intolerance’ – but not “celiac,”), lactose. Ethnicity: – Celtic, basically northern European, light hair, blue-eyed, tall, muscular, active. Often sub-clincal hypothyroid.
Is it better to not use anti-bacterial soaps? I’ve heard that using anti-bacterial soaps kill the beneficial or good bacteria that we need to thrive. I’m all about killing unwanted bacteria, but don’t want to kill beneficial bacteria.
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