Antibiotic resistance

The development of antibiotics counts as one of the most significant advances in modern medicine. However, since they have been used excessively and in part improperly, more and more bacteria have become resistant to them. As a result, fighting resistance is one of the health-related political priorities of the Federal Council laid out in «Health 2020».

 

Mild urinary tract infections are frequently treated with antibiotics, although their use is often not strictly necessary. For Marlies von Siebenthal, lead specialist in bladder and pelvic diseases at the Canton Hospital in Frauenfeld, the growing antibiotic resistance is a big problem. We frequently don’t leave the body any time to activate its self-healing powers, and instead reach hastily for an antibiotic.  

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Signs of bladder infection?

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Antibiotic resistance

"Is there an alternative to antibiotics?"  

Therapy

Alternative to antibiotics?

Why are women so frequently affected? Frequent kidney and bladder conditions in women occur primarily due to the shorter urethra in the female sex. This means that microbes transmitted e.g. sexually can take root more quickly and produce an infection. This predisposition can be negatively influenced by a weak immune system, thin mucosal membranes, hormones and inappropriate intimate care. 

Symptoms of bladder conditions

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