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What You Need to Know about Urinary Tract Infections: Cystitis vs. Kidney Infections

Updated on February 11, 2018
What You Need to Know about Urinary Tract Infections: Cystitis vs. Kidney Infections
What You Need to Know about Urinary Tract Infections: Cystitis vs. Kidney Infections

What Can Cause Urinary Tract Infections? What You Need to Know about Cystitis, Kidney Infections, and Bladder Infections

A lot of urinary tract infections are caused by bacteria but there are other causes behind some of the different types of urinary tract infections – UTIs.

Urinary tract infections should always be treated as they can lead to more serious complications. Women are more likely to suffer from UTIs than men but infections in men seem to be more serious as men often ignore early symptoms.

Some people are more likely to develop urinary tract infections. If you suffer from reduced kidney function you may have frequent recurrent attacks of various types of infections. Diabetes sufferers are at higher risk from infections such as cystitis.

Cystitis

Cystitis is by far the most common urinary tract infection. Most attacks are caused by bacterial infection but there are other reasons as well such as inflammation caused by irritation such spicy foods.

The most easily recognizable symptoms of cystitis are painful and frequent urination.

The urine may also have a dark color and have a strong smell. Other symptoms which allow a diagnosis of cystitis are pains in the lower back and the pelvis.

Most people also feel generally unwell, raised body temperature and the shivers like in flu are very common if the problem is allowed to continue untreated.

Doctors normally treat bacterial cystitis with antibiotics but on occasion, cystitis is caused by food intolerance. The main triggers of other types of irritation cystitis are coffee, tea, fruit juices and spicy food. Chlamydia, a sexually transmitted disease, can also cause cystitis.

Kidney infections

Women are good at dealing with cystitis and start treatment very quickly but men do tend to ignore the symptoms. Kidney infections, another type of urinary tract infection, are common in men. They can appear extremely quickly and the sufferer will feel very unwell. The most common symptoms include painful urination, shivering, lower back and muscle pain.

Kidney infections are far more serious than cystitis and should always be treated by a doctor as infections can easily damage the kidneys. The infection can spread to the bloodstream which leads to septicemia.

There can also be other reasons than bacterial infections such as kidney stones which can get stuck in the urinary tract.

Bladder infections

Bladder infections are also more common in men and may occur as men age.

When men age they may find the size of the prostate gland increases and frequent bladder infections, as well as an increased need to urinate more often, are symptoms to look out for.

A bladder infection occurs when cystitis has moved up to the bladder. The most common problem with bladder infections is that there is normally no pain. Along with arthritis this is must common inflammatory disease seen in seniors. Older people do urinate more frequently and this makes a bladder infection more difficult to diagnose. The symptoms of a bladder infection include tiredness, frequent urination and the feeling of a full bladder.

Best Natural Urinary Tract Infections Treatments

Most urinary tract infections do require a doctor’s visit and a prescription for antibiotics however that being said it does not mean they can't be treated using natural remedies.

Urinary tract infections can also be prevented and many of the ways used to treat urinary tract infections can be used to prevent them.

Blueberries can help to clear up UTI's
Blueberries can help to clear up UTI's

What are The Best Ways to Treat Urinary Tract Infections Naturally?

Top 10 Ways to Treat and Prevent Urinary Tract Infections Naturally

1) Drink plenty of water – fluid is your first line of defense and an increased fluid intake will help to both prevent and treat urinary tract infections.

3) Coffee – I put my hands up here. I love coffee and can easily drink too much of this wonderful black liquid. If you are prone to cystitis take a look at your coffee intake. Herbal teas do not cause this problem.

4) Wiping front to back – it is true listen to your mom. Bacterial infections are caused this way.

5) Cranberries – great stuff for better urinary tract health but if you don’t like the stuff there is no need to worry. Blueberries and cherries are just as good and so is the juice.

6) Zinc – boost your immune system as your body fights the infection. Zinc is a great help and our modern food is sadly deficient in zinc.

7) Polyester underwear – they do not allow your body to breath and are breeding grounds for bacteria. Let’s go for cotton girls, and boys for that matter.

8) Chamomile tea is great for urinary tract infections and peppermint tea works well as well. You may want to consider making this your morning hot drink.

9) Keep warm – keeping your lower back warm can help you to prevent bladder and kidney infections.

10) Lemons are a kidney’s best friend. Hot water with a squeeze of lemon will help to cleanse your urinary tract. Drink first thing in the morning, and if you suffer from irritation cystitis start your spicy meal with a hot water drink with a squeeze of lemon. .

Remember to always take urinary tract infections seriously and try to identify what caused the infection so you can avoid the problem in the future.

Lemon juice can help you to avoid bladder infections.
Lemon juice can help you to avoid bladder infections.

A Quick Guide Why You Should Include Lemons in Your Diet

Lemons contain an acidic juice which stimulates our body to become more alkaline. Not only does it stimulate the urinary system bit also the blood and digestive system.

Seven reasons to include lemons in your diet

Improved liver function

Reduces symptoms of colds and other viruses

Stimulates bowel moment and cleanses the bowel

Reduces acidity in the bladder

Contains antioxidants which improve digestion

Adding lemon juice to your favorite recipes is relatively easy. Roast chicken cooked with lemon instead of stuffing becomes deliciously tender. Lemon works well with honey. Just a squeeze over your carrots and a drizzle of honey before you steam them is worth trying.

Boil barley and make your own lemon and barley water. Squeeze a fresh lemon over your salad, chicken, fish or seafood. Try a slice of lemon with your tea. Lemons are easy to use as part of cooking, and even a fresh slice of lemon in warm water will help to boost your chances of avoiding UTI's.


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      Annie Messeri 3 years ago from Spain

      I am glad you found it useful, such a common problem.

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      KC 3 years ago

      Really useful info! Thanks

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      Annie Messeri 4 years ago from Spain

      Yes so do I. There is nothing like hot water with a squeeze of lemon to cleanse the kidneys in the morning.

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      aaron 4 years ago

      lemons i sooooooo believe in them lots of lemon

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      Annie Messeri 4 years ago from Spain

      Thank you for dropping by.

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      Girish puri 4 years ago from NCR , INDIA

      Very useful and practical hub. thanks for sharing.

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