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Thread #150683 Message #3511907
Posted By: Bettynh
05-May-13 - 04:49 PM
Thread Name: BS: Dementia tips for carers
Subject: RE: BS: Dementia tips for carers
If a frail loved one suddenly becomes much worse it's probably a good idea to check their physical status - in particular, I've seen many people who became very confused and combative suddenly that had urinary infections. Treatment of the infection often helped the confusion. And I don't know the physiological connection - it's just something I saw when I was a nurse. One physician routinely prescribed vitamin C supplements daily in the belief that acid urine was less likely to become infected. (Vitamin C will be excreted by the kidneys unchanged once the body's needs are met.) Infected urine often smells of ammonia.