Full course description
Chronic urinary tract infections (UTIs) are one of the most prominent causes of illness in the UK. Urinary tract infections are caused by harmful bacteria which have entered the urinary tract. Patients can suffer from a range of symptoms including pain while urinating, pain in the lower stomach and a fever. Urinary tract infections are normally short-lived but for some people, this is not the case, and their symptoms can recur and persist for months. These are termed chronic urinary tract infections. Typically, patients will be treated with a short course of antibiotics, however, many find that these antibiotics do not help them, this is often because the bacteria causing their UTI have become resistant to certain antibiotics. This can cause months if not years of pain and uncertainty to those involved. Current tests are inaccurate and ineffective and as a result, many people are misdiagnosed and given antibiotics when they are not required. In this resource, you will find out about chronic UTIs, their causes, how they are diagnosed, treatments and the implications of antimicrobial resistance. There will also be an opportunity for you to pledge support and to become an antibiotic guardian.
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The course should take about 1-2 hours to complete.