Current Infectious Disease Reports

, Volume 15, Issue 2, pp 124–129 | Cite as

Alternative Approaches to Conventional Treatment of Acute Uncomplicated Urinary Tract Infection in Women



The increasing resistance of uropathogens to antibiotics and recognition of the generally self-limiting nature of uncomplicated urinary tract infection (UTI) suggest that it is time to reconsider empirical treatment of UTI using antibiotics. Identifying new and effective strategies to prevent recurrences and alternative treatment strategies are a high priority. We review the recent literature regarding the effects of functional food products, probiotics, vaccines, and alternative treatments on treating and preventing UTI.


Functional foods Probiotics Vaccines Antiinflammatories 


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Center for Molecular and Clinical Epidemiology of Infectious Diseases, Department of EpidemiologyUniversity of Michigan School of Public HealthAnn ArborUSA
  2. 2.Department of EpidemiologyUniversity of Michigan School of Public HealthAnn ArborUSA

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