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7 Ways to Cure a Urinary Tract Infection at Home

Updated on June 20, 2013

What Are UTI Symptoms in Women?

Knowing whether or not you have a urinary tract infection is the first step in knowing what you need to do to get UTI symptom relief. Here we'll discuss how you can tell if you have a urinary tract infection, and how to tell from the comfort of your own home.

UTI symptoms in women are:

1) A burning sensation when you go to the washroom.

2) Feeling like you have to go to the washroom all of the time and once you get there not being able to urinate, or producing very little urine.

3) Having cloudy urine or urine with a strong smell.

4) Having a fever, chills, nausea and/or vomiting.

5) Having a swollen abdomen or belly that is also tender or sore.

6) A pain on one side of your lower back under your ribs.

If you have any combination of these UTI symptoms, relief can be in your grasp. If you suffer from any of the last three symptoms however, you should go see a certified doctor right away as these symptoms could be the result of something more severe.

Now that you know what urinary infection symptoms in women look like, you can get relief and cure your urinary tract infection naturally and effectively sooner.

5 Ways to Prevent a Urinary Infections

The truth about urinary tract infections is simple; the best cure is prevention. Many women just don't know how to avoid the triggers. By simply protecting your body using these methods, you can simultaneously treat and prevent further UTI's from occurring. These 5 causes are also doubly means for prevention and treatment.

1) Cleaning Up After Sex

There are so many fluids involved in intercourse. With women being built the way they are, we are much more likely to have these fluids come into contact with our urinary tract and transfer bacteria that causes infection. The best way to avoid contracting any of this bacteria is to make sure we clean ourselves thoroughly after sex. This can be as simple as having baby wipes in our washroom or a handbag for convenient use. Cleaning up after intercourse also means washing the sheets, any adult toys that may have been used and going to the washroom before and after sex to flush out the urinary tract.

2) Appropriate Underwear

Some women swear by going 'commando'. Whether not wearing underwear is a comfort choice or a fashion choice, it is the wrong choice when it comes to your health. The insides of our clothing may seem clean, but they are, unfortunately, not as clean as we might think. Every time you sit down somewhere, you pick up bacteria that can cross through that fabric to the inside, making it easy for you to get an infection. By wearing underwear you give yourself an extra line of defence against germs. You can easily prevent urinary infections by making sure you wear a freshly cleaned pair cotton underwear every day.

3) Using Gentle Cleansing Products

Not all soaps are made equal. In order to make sure you are doing everything you can to prevent urinary infections, make sure you clean out your shower from any harmful soaps. Avoid using anything that is scented or has perfume in it. Also, trying to use natural products that don't have a list of ingredients longer than a few items on the back. The fewer ingredients in your soaps, the more natural they are and the better they are for you. Women can contract urinary tract infections by using a soap that offsets our natural balance, or by getting a harsh soap in contact with our sensitive areas. These soaps can easily move up our urinary tract and cause infection.

4) Keep Yourself Well Hydrated

This preventative measure is one that many women often overlook. Drinking a lot of water is one of the best defences against infection available. By drinking lots of water you are flushing your system of any harmful bacteria. The more often you flush out your system, the less likely you are to get a urinary tract infection. Have a water bottle with a built in filtration system and carry it with you wherever you go. This will make it easier for you to remember to drink water and will ensure that the water you are drinking isn't full of bacteria. Try to reach a daily goal of water intake. Most doctor's recommend eight glasses of water a day, this roughly translates to two litres of water a day.

5) Don't Hold It In

When you lead a busy life, finding time to go to the washroom can seem like something you can put to the side until you have the time. This is the worst thing you can do. Make sure you find the time to go to the washroom as soon as you feel like you have to go. Whatever you're doing can wait, and your health should always come first in these situations. By going to the washroom regularly you will be doing the physical part of flushing out all of that bacteria and those toxins that can cause a urinary tract infection. Drinking the recommended daily amount of water means you will need to go to the washroom more often. This is a good thing. You should be going to the washroom five to six times a day. If you're going more often than that, don't worry, think of it as additional cleansing.

By taking care of your health using these preventative measures, you'll also be treating any infection you might currently have. These may seem like small measures, but combined they will completely cleanse your body and keep any chance of a urinary tract infection at bay. If you feel like making all of these changes at once is too overwhelming, slowly start adding them to your daily routine one at a time. When you start getting into the habit of drinking two litres of water a day, you will automatically have to use the washroom more and will remember to go when you feel the need, rather than when you have the time. Slowly integrating these five measures into your life will soon become second nature and you will be able to completely protect yourself from ever contracting another infection.

2 UTI Home Treatment Methods

You don't have to pay for an over the counter UTI treatment to get relief. There are many much more natural and gentle ways you can avoid urinary tract infection causes and cure yourself from home. These remedies are easy to use with ingredients that you are probably already familiar with. These remedies combined with the 5 preventative measures above will give you all of the infection fighting power you need to combat a urinary tract infection effectively.

1) Cranberries

Many women already know about the power cranberries have to fight infection. Unfortunately, most women just don't use the right products. When you look to cranberries for effective infection fighting you need to use fresh cranberries and raw cranberry juice. Make sure you avoid cranberry 'cocktail' or anything that is made from concentrate. These products have more sugar than cranberry in them and will result in making your infection worse. For a great way to make cranberry juice at home, check out the recipe below.

2) Lemon

Citrus fruits are natural antioxidants, but lemon has the most infection fighting power. Again, make sure you avoid anything lemon flavoured, from concentrate, cocktail or with a high amount of sugar in it. The best way to use lemon as an infection fighter is to buy fresh lemons and juice them at home. Make a healthy shot full of just lemon juice or just add the juice of half of a lemon to your water bottle. Not only will the lemon add that great sour flavour, but it will also give you an energy and infection fighting boost.


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    • Michelle Jacobs profile image

      Michelle Jacobs 4 years ago from Canada

      Thank you both for the comments, as a new Hubber I appreciate the support! :)

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      peachy 4 years ago from Home Sweet Home

      great hub. I used to have this problem several years ago. Had to get the UTI pills to kill the bacteria and proper hygiene is important. Your tips are helpful and work out well for me. Thanks. Voted up

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      BlissfulWriter 4 years ago

      Welcome to Hubpages. I've also heard the same that cranberry juice is good for urinary tract infections.

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      Michelle Jacobs 4 years ago from Canada

      Thanks Alpha! I appreciate the comment; I will continue to do my best to impress. Will be stopping by your hubs shortly! :)

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      Kevin W 4 years ago from Texas

      Very interesting and informative hub MJ, I like reading any well written, health related hub and this is definitely on point. Thumbs up.