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Antibiotic prophylaxis for urinary tract infections after removal of urinary catheter: meta-analysis

BMJ 2013; 346 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.f3147 (Published 11 June 2013) Cite this as: BMJ 2013;346:f3147

Re: Antibiotic prophylaxis for urinary tract infections after removal of urinary catheter: meta-analysis

Dear Editors,

Essential oil of Origanum vulgaris(oregano), containing high quantities of carvacrol, apart from exhibiting broad spectrum bactericidal activity, even against antibiotic-resistant strains[1], broad spectrum fungicidal activity, without any side effects, even against fluconazole resistant strains[2], has also antinociceptive[6] and potent anti-inflammatory activity[3][4][5].

Applied locally, on catheters, or administered orally, could prevent urinary tract infections.

References

[1] http://www.bmj.com/content/317/7159/609/rr/634773
[2] http://www.bmj.com/content/337/bmj.39357.558183.94/rr/630538
[3] http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/22363615
[4] http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/21382660
[5] http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/22892022
[6] http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/23146035

Competing interests: No competing interests

02 July 2013
Stavros Saripanidis
Consultant in Obstetrics and Gynaecology
Private Surgery
Thessaloniki, Greece