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Doctors' Answers to "Frequently Asked Questions" - E-coli
Recurrent E-coli [posted 10/1/98]
Answer:How old is your daughter? The usual cause is sexual activity or any pelvic pressure/trauma(horse back riding etc.) Taking a small dose of antibiotic with intercourse is very effective in women with recurrent infections. Ensure a very high fluid intake, ensure that after a bowel movement the rectal cleansing is away from the vulva and urethra. This is a common problem with women since moving feces towards the urethra will really increase the risk of subsequent infections. Many women wipe their rectum towards the urethra dating from bowel training(boys don't because the testicles are in the way).