Many strains of bacteria can trigger a urinary tract infection. The bacteria klebsiella accounts for many complicated UTIs--those resulting from structural abnormalities like a catheter or abscess or impaired hormonal or immune function; it can also cause standard infections. Treatment will depend on the type of infection.
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Uncomplicated Infection Medication
Standard klebsiella infections typically respond well to three days of treatment with any antibiotic except ampicillin, according to Dr. Obiamiwe Umeh of Emedicine.com.
Complicated Infection Medication
Drug therapy for complicated infections last anywhere from two to three weeks and include oral quinolones, IV aminoglycosides, imipenem, aztreonam, cephalosporins or piperacillin/tazobactum, according to Umeh.
Addressing Structural Abnormalities
Addressing structural abnormalities can also facilitate healing--for example, removing the catheter that triggered the infection.
Dr. Burke A. Cunha of Emedicine.com advises drinking lots of fluids to flush out bacteria. He notes that drinking cranberry juice daily might reduce the number of urinary tract infections.
If urinary tract stones (struvite calculi) played a role in your klebsiella infection, doctors often advise increasing your intake of phosphorus and magnesium through food and supplementation.
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