The first medical demonstration that women’s urinary tract infections can be and possibly should be allowed to cure themselves without the use of antibiotics was reported by Dr. Bart Knottnerus, from the Academic Medical Center of the University of Amsterdam, in the May 30, 23013, issue of the open access journal BMC Family Practice.
Women with symptoms of uncomplicated urinary tract infections were asked if they would be willing to postpone taking antibiotics in the study. A third of the women asked were willing to delay treatment and a week later about half of these had still not used antibiotics and more than two thirds of these were better or had improvement in their clinical condition.
The purpose of the investigation was to determine the extent to which a woman’s body could and would develop antibodies to urinary tract infections and by doing so heal themselves over time. The increasing development of antibiotic resistant bacteria is a concern to gynecologists who foresee a worst case scenario developing if an antibiotic resistant bacteria emerges that is resistant to the antibiotics presently used to treat urinary tract infections in women.
The researchers claim the results of their research indicate that doing nothing or giving pain medication instead of an antibiotic is an effective treatment for urinary tract infections in women that avoids the potential of developing a potentially deadly antibiotic resistant bacteria that target women’s urinary tract.