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UTIs and perio

from RDH

A 56-year-old female with autoimmune thyroid dysfunction, multiple allergies, and sensitivities presented to her gynecologist with the signs and symptoms typical of a recurrent urinary tract infection. UTIs are the second most common type of infection in the body and, like periodontal disease, frequently are treated based on symptoms alone, with antibiotic therapy started before testing is complete. This particular physician treated many UTIs, so autopilot took control and he ignored the patient's history of multiple allergies, just as oral health professionals can also forget a patient's history when treating periodontal disease. Treating this woman for a UTI without testing could have led to inadequate or inappropriate care. more

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