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My mother has been getting frequent urinary tract infections. The doctor says that for people her age (80), an antibiotic works for a couple of weeks, then the infections comes back. When the infection recurs, she becomes combative, confused, and very weak. We have decided to have her urine cultured monthly to try to stay on top of this. However, there must be a better way. Mom has alzheimers, but when she is not dealing with the UTI, she is capable. How can we stem this once and for all? Besides her antibiotic (bactrim), she takes aricept, namenda, remaron, asacol, cynthroid, and prednisone.
Recurrent urine infections could be due to various reasons. Most common cause is stones in kidney which is blocking urine pathway. Other causes are changing sexual partners frequently, diabetes and infections. The urine can also be due to retention of urine anywhere in its flow due to obstruction. The obstruction can be due to abnormality of structures since birth, stones or diseases like tumors. Females are more prone to urine infections. So you should get a ultrasound, CT scan done and also some urine and blood tests. Please get the diagnosis confirmed from a urologist.
I hope it helps. Take care and regards.
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