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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:

    Yes cranberry is ok while pregnant.

  2. on said:

    My husband and I had the same problem. I was tol by a md to make sure both of us cleaned our privates well before intercourse. It seems to work it cut down on my infections.

  3. on said:

    I want to know home remedies for urine infection. Please help!

  4. on said:

    I'm highly susceptible to bladder infections and can't afford to run to the doctor every time I get one so home remedies are a must for me. I once got a tip about dissolving 1 teaspoon of baking soda in 8 ounces of water and drinking it 3 times a day. I've cured multiple bladder infections this way (I actually drink the concoction 4 times a day). You can take over the counter meds like Azo or Uristat for the pain and the baking soda will do the rest. It changes the ph of your urine and makes the bladder inhospitable to bacteria. It may take up to a week to kick the infection but it works!!

  5. on said:

    Hi,
    I'm 47 yrs and my wife is 42 yrs old. For the past 8 months, I have been having burning urine each time I have sex with her. Both of us consulted doctors. I finished my medication, but she didn't! 3 days ago I had sex with her, and I have burning urine again. Please help.

  6. on said:

    What medication did you get at a drug store? I am in the same boat and do not have time for the doctor but to my knowledge there wasn't anything over the counter. If there is, I would love to know so I can go get it.

  7. on said:

    Kimberly, taking vitamin C supplement and drinking 12-24 ounces of cranberry juice and lots of water helps alleviate the discomfort caused by UTI. If it doesn't get better in a day or two, its best to see the doctor. Hope it helps!

  8. on said:

    So by the symptoms I assume I have a UTI. I don't have much time for the doctor so I want to get medication at a drug store, yet I'm breast feeding and I'm wondering what medication can I take while breast feeding. Any help? :/

  9. 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..

  10. on said:

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


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