Most UTIs go away after treatment. Chronic or recurrent urinary tract infections (UTIs) are infections of the urinary tract that either don’t respond to treatment or keep recurring. Bacteria can enter the urinary tract from the outside to cause a UTI to come back, or a recurrent infection can be caused by bacteria that remain in the urinary tract after a previous infection. In the latter case, these bacteria are typically protected by biofilm, and eventually these renegade bacteria cells re-invade, ultimately establishing a colony of antibiotic-resistant bacteria primed to attack again and again. When a UTI occurs more than twice in six months or three times in a year, it is a recurrent urinary infection.
A First-Time UTI Can Be the Start of a Recurrent Trend.
As we’ve seen above, there are many factors that put people at risk for recurrent UTIs. Some reasons are physical, behavioral, or age-related, but as we’ll learn, running into the wrong type of “resistant” bacteria can make all the difference in developing a recurrent UTI. Please ensure to explore the following subtabs of this section to find more details about UTIs and preventative tips that may be more relevant to you.
Diabetes & UTIs: If you’re a person with Type 2 diabetes, your risk of developing UTIs may be even higher than non-diabetics. Click here for some prevention tips to reduce your risk of getting UTIs.
Limited Mobility, Injuries & UTIs: If you have mobility issues or are bedridden, following a spinal cord injury for example, you may be at higher risk of getting UTIs. Find out how to prevent them!