- Diseases, Disorders & Conditions
Urinary Tract Infection Pain Relief
Suffering from a urinary tract infection may be a very painful and discomforting experience. I have suffered from recurrent infections and have found some of the following remedies to be helpful with relieving the pain.
Drinking a sufficient amount of water is essential when you are suffering from a urinary tract infection. Water will help flush the bacteria out of your body. Try to substitute other beverages for water throughout the day while you have a urinary tract infection.
If you are suffering from a lot of bladder pain and pressure, you may find relief by using a heating pad. If you do not have a heating pad around, taking a hot shower may help. You could also run hot water over a towel or washcloth, ring it out, and then place it on the area where you feel pain. Heat seems to be relieving and relaxing to me when I am suffering from a urinary tract infection.
If you are a woman suffering from a urinary tract infection, you may find some relief by taking a probiotic specifically made for vaginal and urinary tract health. When you are taking antibiotics for a urinary tract infection, there is a chance that the antibiotic could cause a yeast infection. A woman's probiotic may help to prevent a yeast infection.
Add 1/4 tsp of baking soda to an 8 oz glass of water. Baking soda may help to neutralize the acid in urine and help with getting rid of a urinary tract infection as well. Although it may taste unpleasant, you may want to try drinking this mixture of baking soda and water to see if it helps you.
AZO Over The Counter Urinary Pain Relief
I find this product to be one of the most helpful pain relievers. This is an over the counter product that does not require a prescription. However, AZO contains the same ingredient as a prescription medication that doctors prescribe for urinary pain. Do not be alarmed if you try this and see that your urine is orange as this is normal for this pain reliever to turn the urine an orange color.
Hyland's Bladder Irritation Tablets
This is a homeopathic remedy I have used to relieve bladder pain. This product is natural and does not have any side effects and can be used with other medications. These tablets stimulate your body's natural healing response and help to relieve urinary pain and burning. The tablets dissolve under your tongue, so they are convenient because you do not need to take them with water.
If you do not find relief with over the counter or natural remedies or you would prefer a stronger medication, you may want to ask your doctor for a prescription to help relieve the pain. Sometimes when the pain is severe, I will take the prescription medication called Pyridium to help with the pain. Pyridium, or phenazopyridine, is the same ingredient found in AZO over the counter urinary pain relief. There are other prescription medications available that your doctor may be able to prescribe for you that are specifically formulated for urinary and bladder pain relief.