From Holistic Help:
D-mannose is commonly prescribed for the treatment of urinary tract infections by many alternative/integrative health practitioners. If you visit the comment sections of blog posts and forums on this topic, you will see that thousands of people attest to the fact that it can be very effective, when the bacteria involved is E.coli.
Urinary tract infections are the second most common infection in the United States and are becoming increasingly difficult to treat due to antibiotic resistance. Women are much more prone to a UTI, because their urethra (the tube that transports urine from the bladder and out of the body) is shorter and close to the anus which allows bacteria to enter more easily. Most women have had at least one in their life, but for many they can become a recurring problem.
Like all microbes, bacteria in the urinary tract build biofilms where they form colonies that enable them to evade the immune system and antibiotics. This contributes greatly to recurrence and resistance. Bacteria in the biofilm can be up to 1000 times more resistant than those outside the biofilm.
Infection may occur anywhere within the urinary tract including the bladder, urethra, ureters (ducts that carry urine from kidneys to the bladder) or the kidneys. It is much less complicated and risky if it is confined to the bladder. If treatment of a bladder infection is prompt and effective, then it reduces the risk of traveling to the kidneys.
In most cases, a UTI is caused by bacteria, but it may also be caused by a fungus. The most common fungi involved is Candida, but it could also be cryptococcus neoformans, aspergillus species, and the endemic mycoses. The most common bacteria involved is E. coli, but other potential suspects are Klebsiella pneumonia, Staphylococcus saprophyticus, and Pseudomonas aeruginosa.
Symptoms of Urinary Tract Infection
If you’ve ever had the pleasure of this experience, then you know the pain in the bladder, pelvic region, lower abdomen or back, associated with a urinary tract infection can be quite intense. It is typically accompanied by an increase in frequency and urgency of…