Home Remedies for UTI (Urinary Tract Infection)
What is a UTI
A urinary tract infection is an infection in your urinary system which is more common in women than it is men. Here are some symptoms of a urinary tract infection.
- Lower abdominal pain
- Increased urge to urinate even when you have no urination to deplete
- Pain or burning sensation when urinating
- Blood in urine which in many cases needs medical attention
- Lower back pain
- Dark-colored urine
- Murky urine
Urinary tract infections are usually self diagnosable and treatable by a medical professional. The most common treatment is antibiotics. UTIs usually resolve within a few days unless it is really bad.
1. Cranberry pills
Taking cranberry pills at least once a day will prevent your chances of getting a UTI. My mother-in-law swears by these pills. She had a urinary tract infection which was so bad she had to be taken to the ER. Cranberry pills helped her get rid of her UTI. Cranberries contain compounds such as proanthocyanidins which prevent E Coli bacteria.
Water will also dilute your urine and help you urinate more frequently, flushing out all the infections in your bladder. Drinking enough water for your body weight using water to weight ratio will help prevent any type of urinary tract infection. Heres an example of how much water you need every day.
If you weigh 160 and exercise for 75 minutes a day should be drinking: 107 ounces + 30 ounces = 137 ounces of water per day.
3. Vitamin C
Make sure to take your daily vitamin c. Keeping up with all your vitamins will keep your body healthy and keep bad toxins out. Vitamin is known to be preventative and self-care treatment. Large amounts of vitamin C have been known to treat urinary tract infections.
4. Practice good sexual hygiene
Practicing good sexual hygiene in the prevention of UTIs. Nobody wants an unpleasant sexual experience due to an irritating urinary tract infection. Let's prevent UTIs with these tips:
- Wash your genitals before and after intercourse
- Empty your bladder before and after intercourse
- Keep shaved down there. Hair can sometimes trap bacteria. Gross right?
- Use a condom. Condoms provide a barrier between you and your partner. This can help prevent UTIs.
- Use a vaginal PH wash. This will keep all your normal bacterias in check, keeping the bad bacteria away.
- Douche right after sex and right after your period to prevent urinary tract infections.
These tips are recommended by medical professionals in preventing urinary tract infections.
Garlic can be used as an antibiotic alternative for medication. Garlic is good for many other things besides clearing up a UTI. It can also be used to worm yourself, dogs, cats, etc.
The vitamins in the probiotics such as Lactobacillus rhamnosus GR-1 and L. reuteri RC-14 seemingly to be the most effect on preventing UTIs. Daily vitamins are very important in preventing the occurrence of urinary tract infections.
7. Urinate as frequently as you can
By urinating every time the urge arises will help get rid of your urinary tract infection quicker. By urinating your able to push out all the bad toxins causing the infection in your urinary tract.
8. Wipe from front to back
Always wipe from front to back not back to front. If you wipe back to front you will increase your chances of getting feces onto your front. Feces can cause bad urinary tract infections. Make sure to always wipe from front to back.
9. Drink cranberry juice
Just like cranberry pills, cranberry juice can do the same thing, but if you do not like cranberry juice, you can take cranberry pills. Cranberry juice will fill your bladder up with fluid in which it will be depleted from your bladder. There are many vitamins in cranberry juice and antibiotic properties to help cure UTIs.
10. Avoid dark or caffeinated beverages
Dark beverages such as coke can increase your chances of getting urinary tract infections. The acids in the cold beverages can worsen UTIs and the more you drink, the harder it will be to get rid of it.
When to see a doctor
Most of the time you can treat a urinary tract infection on your own, but if you have a really bad one, you may have to seek medical assistance. If you have the following worsened symptoms, you may need to go to your primary care physician.
- Blood in your urine
- Unbearable pain in your lower abdomen
- Irritation or itching of the vagina
- Swollen of the labia
- Unbearable burning sensation while urinating
- Lasting for more than 3 days
- Low-grade fever around 100 degrees Fahrenheit or higher
I am not a medical professional. I simply speak from personal experience.
Remember everyone is different, so some of these home remedies may not work for everyone.
Your medical provider might suggest taking antibiotics.
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