Chronic infections, recurrent infections, and surgical wound infections
Have you been plagued with recurrent urinary tract infections, thrush, skin abscesses, boils or shingles? Do you frequently get coughs, colds, bronchitis, ear infections, tonsillitis, vaginosis or thrush infections?
Dr Hale has extensive experience in infectious diseases and general medicine and Is unique in her ability to determine what aspects of your health, including your gut health, are likely to be contributing to your susceptibility to recurrent infections. Although some recurrent infections, especially skin infections can be associated with highly contagious and virulent bacteria, most recurrent infections in otherwise healthy people have to do with a breakdown in immune capacity/strength.
Extensive research studies on the gut microbiome (normal bacteria and other flora) have revealed that our over-sanitised modern lives, repeated courses of antibiotics, processed foods and excess stress all contribute to a reduction in healthy gut flora. This in turn, can contribute to excess allergies (especially children), fatigue states, autoimmunity, poor immunity, hormone disruptions, and even accelerated cardiovascular disease.
An important example is recurrent urinary tract infections in women. These have been linked to a breakdown in normal healthy flora in the bowel and/or vagina. Paying attention to vaginal health, diet and specific prebiotic fibres has been shown to reduce susceptibility to urinary tract infections. Other recurrent infections can also be reduced with attention to diet and dietary fibre. The role of specific probiotic therapy has not yet been fully established, but in some people, they have are very useful in decreasing susceptibility to recurrent infections.