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What should be done to prevent recurrence of UTI?

Q: I am a 27 years old female into the 28th week of pregnancy. I had a history of urinary tract infection (UTI) 45 days back. I had to take lots of antibiotics - Taxim-O (200 mg), Clavam and injection Amikacin to cure the infection. Recent urine analysis showed infection with Epithelial cells 4-6/hpf, pus cells 50-60/hpf and albumin (+) present. I weigh 58 kg and have gained 6 kg in last 40 days. Will antibiotics affect the baby’s growth? How should I manage my urinary infection?

A:Antibiotics taken after 12 weeks of pregnancy, in 98% cases do not cause any problem for the fetus. The recurring urinary infection requires that testing for diabetes be done. Recurring infection can be prevented by alternating alkalinizing agent as well as an acidifying agent to be given on alternate days so that the infection does not occur again along with plenty of oral fluids.

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