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Cystitis_woman1

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Hi ive posted previously, mainly last year when i had a 6 month infection which various antibiotics didnt treat. It eventually went and ive been infection free since last august. However at the beginning of last week whilst on hols i didnt drink enough fluids and got an infection. It felt like cystitis, although not as painful as usual. I took my emergency pivmicillin and took a sample to gps as requested (after taking the piv for 2 days. I took my last one this morning and i thought it had all worked and cleared). My gp surgery called today to say the sample was back from the lab and showing the ab as being nitrofarantoin - which i cant take as had a bad reaction previously. So i have to take another sample in in a couple of days. Ive now learned that bacteria was shown as enterococcous and now wondering whether that would have cleared it. Ive got no pain. If i cant take nitrofarantoin what other abs treat enterococcous? No othets were shown on lab print out. Im really worried im going to end up with lengthy infection again
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Sorry to read this - I would go back to your GP and discuss antibiotic options as each person's bacterial response is individual to antibiotics and it could be in suppressing one bug i.e. Enteroccous something else has popped up. There may well be other options such as Cephelexin, Doxycycline, Co Amoxiclav, Amoxicillan or Trimethoprim but its up to the GP to decide on the appropriate one. If he does decide that you need to reculture you need to be off antibiotics for 7 days before doing so otherwise you could get a false negative result.

Natural options include oil of oregano or Grapefruit Seed Extract. You should ideally be under the care of an appropriate practitioner if taking these as they are as strong as synthetic antibiotics and like these you will need to repopulate the gut with probiotics to maintain gut flora levels to prevent bacterial overgrowth.
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I have had the most relapses, with cystitis, the day after travelling by air. I spoke to a dr recently about it who is publishing a paper on it, his believe is that the air pressure affects the bacteria. It may be worth taking a tablet before and after you fly.
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Id actually agree with this. There is known research showing stress on the host i.e you causing bacterial upset. Whether you are travelling for work or pleasure the days leading up to a trip can be stressful let alone getting through an airport. Air pressure can affect the body 's immune system and additionally changes in cabin pressure releases histamine into the body which bacteria feed on allowing an upsurge in symptoms. Combine that with reheated food cooked weeks ago served on planes which will be full of histamine and a reaction could well occur. Certainly a specialist I've spoken to has suggested taking an antihistamine for a few days before and after travelling to die down the histamine release in the body.
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