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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 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:

    @Faith: That would entirely depend on the severity of the UTI. Sometimes you need the antibiotics right away, and cannot wait for the urine sample results to come back. Just yesterday, I was prescribed antibiotics immediately without first submitting a urine sample because my doctor and I agreed there was no time to wait, considering how severe my UTI was (tons of blood in the urine and agonizing pain). So your advice would really only apply to very mild cases of UTI.

  2. on said:

    My problem is that I get burning feeling in urethra after ruination.

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    Regardless of gender male or female try barley water. I buy pearl barley - all supermarkets sell it. 1 mug of barley, 5 mugs of water - bring to boil and allow to simmer 30 mins. Then strain off liquor, juice from half a lemon and can also add a spoonful of honey. I drink 2 glasses of it everyday.
    No more urinary tract infection problems for the last 6 weeks. I'm making it part of my daily routine.

  4. on said:

    I have itchiness at the urine exit area. This starts around the 7th day from the menses date. I have a painful ruination and very little amount of urine comes. Can you please suggest a home remedy.

  5. on said:

    I am suffering from frequent urinating. I did urinalysis and its normal. No bacteria is found but my doctor told me that I have a few crystals in my urine. The doctor prescribed ALKA-UR and Cystone medicine. I'm drinking alot of water, coconut juice and cranberry juice but still have to urinate frequently. What should I do?

  6. on said:

    Make sure you don't have bladder stones. This was the reason my UTIs didn't go away.

  7. on said:

    Ladies if you haven't tried D-Mannose yet, you have to! It is a natural sugar that helps get rid of E.coli by clinging to it and making the bacteria unable to attach to your bladder walls. It is completely natural and safe and won't kill the good bacteria in your digestive tract like antibiotics do. It has been a life saver for me as I get really bad side effects with most antibiotics. You do have to drink lots of water to flush out the bacteria. I've gotten relief after 24 hours of starting a D-mannose regimen. I take the capsules 1000 mg 5 times per day at the onset of symptoms. They do have it available in powder to mix with water and it is supposed to be slightly more effective. Good luck to all of you.

  8. on said:

    UTI is very bad - try eating less acidic foods. Acid always hurts joints and urethra. It damages the bones and causes inflammation. Eating squash without spice and red chili pepper everyday can be beneficial for Urinary Tract Infection. Also incorporating Cucumber, Cactus, and Celery into your diet helps.

  9. on said:

    My disabled daughter has to be cathed every 4 hours, she takes a daily dose of antibiotics to keep Urinary Tract Infection (UTI) away. She began having repeated UTIs We were sent to an infectious disease doctor and were told to give her Vitamin C twice daily. She hasn't had a UTI in 4 months.

  10. on said:

    I suggest that go for a urine culture test first before taking doctor's prescription for antibiotics for urinary tract infection. Along with the results it will be a list of antibiotics that are effective for you and the ones that are not. Sometimes when we take antibiotics for quite some time, they become ineffective. You can request your doctor that you would like to have a urine culture test first. The test results usually take less than a week. This way you can take the antibiotics which will actually be right for you.

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