Prescriptions for UTIs may be making antibiotic resistance even worse 2

Prescriptions for UTIs may be making antibiotic resistance even worse

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Not all UTIs need to be treated with antibiotics, but doctors are under pressure to prescribe them

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WHEN it comes to prescribing antibiotics, doctors are in a jam. Giving them too often risks perpetuating the development of resistance to these drugs in bacteria. That is a serious threat to society. But withholding them is also risky. If the decision is wrong, a patient could develop a life-threatening infection.

Even if the doctor is right, this decision often upsets people. I have heard stories of medics being threatened with everything from bad online reviews to physical …

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