Antibiotics were better than cranberry capsules at preventing urinary tract infections in Dutch women who suffered from recurring infections.
Cranberries have long been thought to help prevent UTIs through anecdotal evidence, she told Reuters Health, but it's not clear how they might work, and rigorous studies have shown mixed results.
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The authors of a report in Archives of Internal Medicine say while UTIs usually resolve on their own, they're often treated with antibiotics to ease the symptoms and to prevent rare complications. Sometimes they're prescribed prophylactically, because "the longer you can go without having one, the more likely it is that you'll never have another one," Dr Foxman said.