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Cost of treatment may prevent proper diagnosis

The cost of treatment for cystitis and other infections may play a major role in the decision taken on which antibiotic is used to treat you. If you feel like a statistic, and the allopathic approach is not working for you, D-Mannose may be a reliable alternative.

Prescribing Antibiotics

Unfortunately, Doctors who do not take cystitis seriously in women, also tend not to treat it properly. Some Doctors will do all the right tests, checking your infection cultures against different combinations of antibiotics. Checking to see what is the most effective antibiotic and what is the lowest dose that is effective against your particular strain of infection.

Poor personal hygiene is often blamed for repeat bladder infection, with antibiotics hastily prescribed. However evidence suggests repeat infections are the result of surviving bacteria not properly dealt with in the initial infection.

Most people reading this site are likely to be doing so because the standard allopathic treatment is failing to clear up their bladder problems. The general procedure for allopathic treatment is as follows:

  • Treat all infections with antibiotics. Use the cheapest available antibiotic first, according to good clinical practice and cost-benefit analytics. If that fails, try another antibiotic.
  • If the prescribed treatment repeatedly fails, perform a thorough investigation of the bacteria involved to determine which antibiotics will be most likely to destroy the microorganisms causing the infection.
  • Unfortunately, by the time results are available, the bacteria may have built up resistance.

Other Doctors will test for the presence of E.Coli, and then prescribe antibiotics without taking the patient's history (previous infections) into account. They'll treat each infection as though it were a new infection. Or as a recurrence of the same infection, despite the fact that antibiotics leave up to 21% of women with vaginal E.Coli still present after 6 weeks. So they'll prescribe the same dosage as last time. And if it's the same bug that's been quietly living in your urinary tract waiting for your immune system to weaken, or for sexual activity to agitate the E.Coli lodged in your bladder wall, it will take that antibiotic longer to kill the infection.

What becomes clear is that rather than identifying your particular infection to determine the most appropriate treatment, patients are treated as statistics. You are statistically more likely to respond to trimethoprim-sulphamethoxazole (at the time of writing), so that is the first antibiotic that most Doctors choose to prescribe. It is also, conveniently, the cheapest antibiotic, and hence the cheapest way for a Doctor to attend to your infection.

Why are some Doctors unsympathetic to cystitis sufferers?

If Doctors seem unsympathetic, we think it may be that bladder infection is incorrectly seen by some Doctors as a self-inflicted illness, caused by poor personal hygiene. In rare cases this is true, however is a lot of evidence to show, especially in repeat sufferers, that surviving E.Coli have colonized the bladder. So it doesn't necessarily mean you've been unhygienic.

There is also the fact that cystitis-causing bugs become increasingly immune to the antibiotics that Doctors prescribe, indicating that the infections are being caused by survivors of previous antibiotic treatment. E.Coli have the ability to mutate and survive. Since they multiply non-sexually, when they divide, they have genetically identical 'offspring'. Occasional mutations can produce enough variation for them to survive under certain conditions in an antibiotic attack. The survivors can again multiply until you have a new colony of antibiotic resistant survivors.

Supporting Bladder Health Naturally

Sweet Cures Owner and Founder, Anna, had suffered from cystitis for 30 years. After many years of trying to achieve perfect bladder health the only one she found to work long term is the very highest quality mannose.

Tony Treadgold, a Sweet Cures customer, informed us of his 6 week admission to the Stoke Mandeville Hospital, in the United Kingdom. During his spinal injury rehabilitation period, he was the only patient who did not acquire a urinary tract infection. All patients except for Tony were on a prophylactic antibiotic, while Tony used only D-Mannose.

Experience with many thousands of customers since 2003 has shown us that D-Mannose effectively supports bladder health. It can be taken daily or immediately at the first sign of trouble, to maintain bladder health.

For most people with E.Coli or Klebsiella infections, which are the bacteria that cause the vast majority of bladder infections, mannose would seem to be a good adjunct to a healthy regime.

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