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Urinary Tract Infection Home Remedy

Signs and Symptoms of Urinary Tract Infection

Urinary Tract Infection Home Remedy

Urinary Tract Infections (UTI) are characterized by a strong and sudden urge to urinate, followed by a slow and painful release of very little urine. UTI is also often accompanied by soreness in the lower abdomen, back, or sides. While both men and women are susceptible to UTI, women suffer from it more often, with half of all women experiencing it at least once in their life.

While the home remedies described below can be effective in many situations, you should consult with your doctor if a urinary tract infection is accompanied by one or more of the following symptoms:

  • Blood in the urine.
  • Nausea or vomiting.
  • Fever.
These symptoms are usually a sign of a more serious infection that may need to be treated with antibiotics.

Causes of Urinary Tract Infection

Urinary Tract Infections typically occur when the bladder and its exit tubes get infected due to bacteria. The most common types of bacteria that lead to UTI are those that live on the skin near the rectum, which can easily enter the urinary tract through the urethra.

Another common cause of urinary tract infections is sexual intercourse, since bacteria in the vaginal area can sometimes be massaged into the urethra by the movement of the penis. In rare cases, some women can get UTI each time they have sex.

Waiting too long to urinate is also a common cause of bladder and urinary tract infections, since the bladder can stretch beyond its capacity which weakens the bladder muscle. If this occurs often, the weakend bladder will begin to have difficulty emptying itself, which results in urine being left in the bladder that can lead to infections.

Finally, other factors such as pregnancy, menopause, and diabetes can also increase the risk of developing UTI.

Home Remedies and Natural Treatments for UTI

Drinking Water

One of the best home remedies for urinary tract infections is to simply drink lots of water. By drinking lots of fluids, you will force yourself to urinate more often, which will help your body flush out the bacteria that is causing the infection. A recommendation is to drink 6-8 large glasses of water per day.

Vitamin C

Increasing your daily Vitamin C intake can help increase the acidity of your urine, which can help prevent bacterial growth. Therefore, if you suffer from frequent UTIs, taking 1000mg of Vitamin C per day has been shown to be quite effective at preventing recurring infections.

NOTE: If you are taking antibiotics for a bladder infection, you should consult your doctor before increasing your Vitamin C intake since some don't work well with highly acidic urine.

Cranberry Juice

Cranberry juice contains high concentrations of Vitamin C and Quinolic Acid, both of which are known to help treat UTI since they help prevent bacteria from anchoring onto bladder walls. Therefore, if you have UTI, drinking 12 to 24 oz of cranberry juice can be very effective. As a preventive measure against urinary tract infections, drinking at least 3 oz per day works quite well.

Echinacea

Echinacea is an herb that contains a number of substances which help fight infections including UTI. You can either drink an Echinacea tea once per day after lunch or dinner, or consume high-quality 300mg Echinacea capsules or tablets once per day. Echinacea capsules can be found in many health stores.

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  1. on said:

    @Anj: Cranberry juice is packed with vitamin C and Quinolic Acid and therefore drinking cranberry juice in moderation is an easy way to keep pregnant women safe from potential infections like Urinary Tract Infection and to keep them hydrated. Studies show that drinking 1-3 glasses of organic cranberry juice daily may help with UTI symptoms. It can be diluted with water if you find the taste too strong. Also drinking lots of water helps. Good luck!



    which packs a hefty dose of vitamin C---provides most pregnant women with an easy way to stay hydrated while minimizing potentially serious health problem like UTI's. It is very safe AND nutricious during pregnancy..

  2. on said:

    Hi! I just want to ask if Cranberry Juice is safe for pregnant women like me?

  3. on said:

    Hi all,
    I got UTI a couple of weeks after my wedding, and I just had the sensation to go to the restroom all the time. It was frustrating, and embarrassing. I didn't worry until I saw blood. I was desperate for something I could take, so I went to the closest pharmacy and purchased Cystex Liquid Cranberry Complex bottle. The taste is mild, but I felt much better within the same week; it was worth the bitter taste. I try to take it as often as I can remember to avoid another UTI. The water and cranberry juices help too!

  4. on said:

    Sounds like you need to go to the doctor. Reoccurring uti symptoms can be signs of a bigger problem. Also if you don't finish the meds, it won't go away. It will still be there, slightly killed off and slowly regaining strength. Often this can lead to it coming back more painful than before.

  5. on said:

    I think your tips helped a lot but I'm having them very often I just had one last week and now I have it again this week. It took me 3 day to get over my last one but this time was 2 days. Thank you

  6. on said:

    I get UTI way too often and I just want a remedy that works and eases the urgency. PLEASE HELP!

  7. on said:

    Hello
    When I pee it burns like heck!
    I feel like I always have to pee.
    I haven't tried any of the things that are listed I would just like to know if they really work I really don't go to doctors unless it's a most I won't take any kind of medicine either please help me.

  8. on said:

    FOR JOSY. Hi. Research MORGELLONS DISEASE PLEASE. This is most likely what you have. It's government made & many of us all are now infected with it. Also, go on Youtube & type in Morgellons & see all the proof of people suffering the exact way as you are. Dr's either won't tell us or are not familiar with this yet. Best of luck.

  9. on said:

    Hi All, I was having same kind of problem,started after my wedding and it increased when I started my job again. I was bound to use office rest rooms, feel infection came from that only.. Though it is properly maintained. I am using a separate wash for intimate area now.. It's really working infection has almost gone...and for future also.. It helps not to occur it again

  10. on said:

    Same boat here I think, I get strange UTIs every so often every few years, Ive been trying echinacea supplements, 500mgs 3 times per day for the last 2 or so days, the burning sensations has subsided quite a bit, still trying them to see if it will clear it.


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