How to Treat Enterococcus Faecalis

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How to Treat Enterococcus Faecalis
Urinary tract infections are commonly caused by enterococcus faecalis bacteria. (Don Farrall/Digital Vision/Getty Images)

Enterococcus faecalis is a strain of microorganisms responsible for many afflictions, such as urinary tract infection, wound infection and intestinal infections. Testing and medical treatment are required to eliminate these infections while destroying enterococcus faecalis overproduction. Antibiotic resistance has been shown in many strains of enterococcus faecalis, leading to increased clinical research for effective treatment and immunisation against infection. Always follow your doctor's instructions carefully, and discuss alternative treatments before attempting any treatment at home.

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    Drink eight to 10 glasses of water per day. According to the Mayo Clinic, drinking plenty of water helps to cleanse your urinary tract of harmful bacteria. Although this will not cure infection caused by enterococcus faecalis, it will help reduce bacteria intrusion and enhance your healing potential.

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    Consult your physician for prescription linezolid. Linezolid is an antibiotic used to treat highly resistant strains of bacteria, according to Kenyon College. Other antibiotics are also available for treatment of enterococcus faecalis, such as amoxicillin and sulpha drugs; however, these are not as effective against resistant strains.

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    Submit to hospitalisation at your doctor's suggestion. According to the Mayo Clinic, severe bacterial infection may require hospitalisation and IV antibiotic administration. This course of treatment is most aggressive and allows your doctor to monitor progress while preventing complications and further infection.

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