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How to Treat a UTI
Relieving pain and symptoms
There are many ways to help relieve UTI pain and symptoms from home.
"Drink some cranberry juice," says co-worker. Well, it is true that cranberry inhibits the ability for the bacteria to attach itself to the walls of the urethra tube; however, most cranberry juices are "cocktail" juices and contain WAY too much sugar to actually help this problem. Try using cranberry fruit concentrate dietary supplements (often available in store brand) plus vitamin C. These softgels are easy to swallow, are not bitter like 100% cranberry juice, and still get the job done. Each softgel is equal to about 1,700 mg of fresh cranberries (0.05 oz). One bottle of 100 softgels runs about $13 USD.
Phenazopyridine HCI, aka, Urinary Pain Reliever. Also available in store brands. These little tablets turn your pee bright orange and yellow, so make sure to wear protective liners (preferably 100% cotton, unscented or dyed). Relief of burning and urgency to pee is almost immediate. However, only two days worth of tablets usually come in a box for around $7 USD.
Also try these
Heat- High heat (heating pads and hot water) will not only help contain the infection because bacteria cannot survive in high temperature environments, but will also help relieve pain and burning "down there."
LOTS OF WATER- I know that you do not WANT to pee right now, but you NEED to drink lots of water in order to actually pee something when you go to the bathroom. It's sort of like when you are throwing up, would you rather dry heave or have something on your stomach? Not only that, but water helps to keep your body hydrated, and a hydrated body can better attack an infection.
Vitamin C- Try using the emergency vitamin C packets that you can dissolve in water. Drink two a day and not only will your energy level go up (B vitamins) but you will also be hydrating yourself and boosting your immune system's ability to fight off the infection.
VERY IMPORTANT- You should always contact your doctor when dealing with UTI symptoms. This infection is VERY serious and can spread to your bladder and kidneys. Believe me, you do NOT want a kidney infection (WAY worse than UTI). SO, please make sure you follow necessary steps and see your doctor with these symptoms. Antibiotics are probably going to be required in this situation.