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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:

    I urinate every 5 minutes and have itching in my vagina all the time. And I get boils frequently in vaginal area as I am unable to remove the hair properly because I am pregnant and unable to see it. Whenever I use Veet cream, it causes irritation and redness.
    Please suggest me some home remedies

  2. on said:

    I just found this post this evening. Yes, I had UTI two months ago. The symptoms came on very quickly & lucky that it was on a week day when doctor's office was open. The UTI was confirmed at the doctor's office; was prescribed antibiotics, and a sulfate pill (the pill will make your urine turn orange color). By Day 2, the excruciating pain had subsided (whew), and Day 3 was much relieved.

    As I have found this post, I am once more experiencing the same symptoms. Now that I recognize the symptoms, I am trying the baking soda w/water method. It is late in the evening, but will be vigilant with the baking soda & water. I am also taking the extra strength Cranberry pills w/vitamin C also.

  3. on said:

    zoe-- you should drink 1-2 cups of cranberry juice every day. This should work as a preventative. See a doctor to make sure its not a sign of some other problem.

  4. on said:

    I have had bladder infections off and on for over 4 years. My doctor put me on an acidic med. It seems to be working. I find that home remedies and antibiotics sometimes only suppress it temporarily and the infection can come back again in a week or so. It's best to see a doctor.

  5. on said:

    I'm taking AZO pills to try and help cure my UTI, but I've did a little research and the internet says it doesn't cute it, it just takes away the pain. I'm drinking lots of water, but the pain is still here even with the pills. Does anyone know what I can do? Can't go to the doctor so I need home remidies.

  6. on said:

    I find that a good way to cure and prevent a urinary tract infection is to take a bath and after you have washed and shampooed, add about a capful of white or cider vinegar to the water. I started doing this because I was getting ear infections, due to an old injury, but when I got a urinary tract infection, it cured this too. It is also good for your hair. Use the minimum amount that works. Don't get it in your eyes. I recommend the book "Vermont Folk Medicine" for more info on the benefits of vinegar.

  7. on said:

    I've suffered from uti all the time and now I just drink water and take azo cranberry vitamin c 2-3 times a day and urinate all the time and the pain is gone by the next day.

  8. on said:

    It's my first time. It's already the 5th day, am suffering from a lot of urine. I can urinate every 10-15 min. I don't have any kind of pain. It's just that I urinate a lot. My blood analysis showed that I have a Bilirubin more than normal and also I have a little bit of lukocyte. Ultrasound showed that I have a little area of salts in both kidneys... So what is it that I am suffering from?

  9. on said:

    This is my first experience of having a UTI. My sister is allergic to the antibiotics so she always does home remedies when she gets one. Drink 1/2 teaspoon of baking soda in 8oz glass of water, 3 times a day for the first day. Drink tons of water and a few glasses of cranberry juice daily. She also take AZO cranberry pills. I started this regiment at the first sign of pain when urinating. I never felt worse than the first day and by the 4th day no pain at all. She also told me to mix 1 tsp of baking soda to a cup of warm water. Lean back while still on the toilet and pour down the front of you after peeing. It takes the after pain away. I do before and after peeing. Weirdo I know, but really helps sooth the pain. Urinate as often as you can. I hope this helps someone else.

  10. on said:

    @Melissa- yeah, sometimes you see pink to reddish urine during Urinary Tract Infection. Keep drinking lots of water and drinking 2-3 glasses of cranberry juice really helps - preferably organic cranberry juice. Also taking vitamin C supplement helps fight the infection faster. I hope you get better! Good luck!


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