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Avoiding Frequent Bladder Infections

Updated on September 15, 2014

Avoiding Frequent Bladder Infections

Frequent bladder infections are disruptive and painful. You need to find a way to prevent your bladder infections from recurring, in addition to completing your bladder infection treatments. There are many ways to manage your bladder infection symptoms and prevent cystitis, uti or bladder infection from recurring.

When I was younger I used to get urinary tract infections pretty often. It was not fun! It was eventually traced to my birth control method, and they went away when I switched to another form of contraception. I loved my diaphragm, but my bladder did not!

Years later my daughter developed the same problem, but with a different cause. It took several years before we finally figured out that her baths were the culprit behind the infections she was getting every six or eight weeks. Since she started showering we have had no more problems in that area. Such a relief!

Here are some of ways our doctors told us to avoid our frequent bladder infections.

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take all your medicine to avoid recurring bladder infections
take all your medicine to avoid recurring bladder infections

Complete Your Bladder Infection Treatment

Finish your medicine

Completing all of your antibiotics is important to your bladder infection treatment. People often stop their antibiotics when their symptoms go away and they feel better. This make your bladder infections worse. Some of the infection-causing bacteria can survive in your bladder if you stop treatment early. These bacteria will multiply and your bladder infection will return. So take those antibiotics exactly as prescribed by your doctor!

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Test Yourself at Home for Bladder Infeciton - Home Urine Test

Do you have days when you suspect a bladder infection, but you aren't really sure? Having a box of these test strips will take away the guess work, and save you money by letting you know whe you don't need to visit the doctor.

These strips test for white blood cells in your urine, so you will know for sure when you need to take action!

Treat Yourself to Cotton - Avoiding Frequent Bladder Infections

Always wear only cotton underwear. Nylon panties trap body heat and moisture. This creates the perfect environment for bacteria, which is exactly what you do not want in that area!

Fruit of the Loom Women's 4-Pack Cotton Fashion Bikini Panties,Assorted,7
Fruit of the Loom Women's 4-Pack Cotton Fashion Bikini Panties,Assorted,7

These are perfect! Look for panties that are 100% cotton. It is best if they don't have any spandex in them.

There are many attractive styles, and you will feel better if you find some that are very comfortable and look cute.

 

Doctors Notes

Ask your doctor about taking antibiotics after having sex if you are prone to frequent bladder infections.

Hang Loose in the Trouser Area - Wear loose clothing to avoid frequent bladder infections

Stay away from tight pants or jeans, pantyhose and girdles. These garments trap your body heat and moisture, creating a hospitable environment for bacteria, which will worsen your problem. Loose-fitting pants or skirts worn without pantyhose or a girdle are a much more comfortable alternative for anyone trying to avoid frequent bladder infections.

Showers help in avoiding frequent bladder infections
Showers help in avoiding frequent bladder infections

Avoid Baths If You Have Frequent Bladder Infections

Stay out of the water!

Soaking in any kind of soapy water can irritate your bladder opening and make everything worse. Never take bubble baths at all if you are prone to frequent bladder infections. Skip the bath salts, bath oils, anything with added fragrance. Always take showers rather than baths. If showering is not an option, avoid sitting in soapy bath water any longer than you have to. If you just need a soak, use plain water and do not use soap.

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Safer Sex Tip

Empty your bladder before and after having sex, to flush out bacteria that can cause infections.

Fresh Air for Avoiding Frequent Bladder Infections - Cotton sleepwear will help your bladder problems

Allow your genital area to air out by sleeping without panties. If you cannot sleep nude wear a light cotton nightgown or loose cotton pajama pants or shorts. Exposing the genitals to fresh air will reduce irritation and aid in healing.

Try some new cotton sleepwear and put your frequent bladder infections to rest.

Eileen West Women's Starfish Cove Short Nightgown, Solid White/Gingham Trim, Medium
Eileen West Women's Starfish Cove Short Nightgown, Solid White/Gingham Trim, Medium

This is an example of a nightgown I might wear when fighting a UTI. If you can skip the panties it will help you heal faster. Remember that air is healing in this situation!

 
Eat more meat to avoid frequent bladder infections
Eat more meat to avoid frequent bladder infections

Eat More Meat

Avoiding Frequent Bladder Infections

Eating foods high in protein, such as meat, peanut butter and legumes, also makes your urine more acidic. This makes it less hospitable to the bacteria that causes bladder infections.

This is what I was told by a medical professional. However, more recently I have heard that it won't make a difference.

I admit I am only going by what I was told, and am not up on the latest medical research. My thinking is that as long as you don't go overboard with a lot of fried and fatty meats, it probably won't hurt you. If in doubt, please ask your doctor!

Probiotics - Avoiding Frequent Bladder Infections

Eating probiotic dairy products, such as yogurt or kefir, help your body maintain a healthy bladder pH level. You can purchase probiotic yogurt or kefir in the dairy or health food section of your supermarket, or buy it online. Probiotic supplements are also available and can be helpful in maintaining and healthy bladder.

Advanced Probiotic Balance, 120 caps Probiotic Acidophilus dietary supplement and digestion aid
Advanced Probiotic Balance, 120 caps Probiotic Acidophilus dietary supplement and digestion aid

I prefer to get my probiotics from my foods. I eat kefir and fermented foods like pickles and sauerkraut on a regular basis. If you would rather take a capsule, this one is highly recommended. It has great reviews!

 

Healthy Bladder Tip

Drinking at least 8 glasses of water or other liquid everyday will dilute the urine and flush out your bladder.

Drink more water to treat bladder infection
Drink more water to treat bladder infection

Drink Plenty of Water

Avoiding Frequent Bladder Infections

Drinking a lot of water will dilute your urine. This cases less irritation to the urinary tract and bladder, and flushes out harmful bacteria.

Drink at least two quarts of water each day to avoid frequent bladder infections. I know sometimes it is our instinct to drink less, since urinating is painful. You may have to force yourself at first.

If you are caring for a child with a UTI, then be sure to monitor their fluid intake. Children are very likely to go thirsty to avoid painful urination. Make sure your little one is getting enough water to go to the toilet every two hours.

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Cranberry Juice Fights Bladder Infections - Avoiding Frequent Bladder Infections

Natural cranberry juice makes your urine more acidic. Changing the acidity level of the bladder makes it less hospitable to harmful bacteria. Drink only natural cranberry juice and avoid cranberry juice cocktail which is high in sugar and can actually aggravate your bladder problems. Cranberry tablets and capsules are also helpful to acidify the bladder.

Lakewood PURE Cranberry Juice, 32-Ounce Bottles (Pack of 6)
Lakewood PURE Cranberry Juice, 32-Ounce Bottles (Pack of 6)

Stock up with a case of six bottles of pure, organic cranberry juice! The shipping is free with Amazon Prime!

 

More Bladder Tips

Urinating every two hours will help keep pressure off your sensitive bladder lining.

Stay Away from Caffeine and Alcohol - Avoiding Frequent Bladder Infections

Caffeine and alcohol irritate your sensitive bladder. Anytime the bladder is irritated, it makes it easier for bacteria to gain the upper hand. If you miss your coffee, try drinking cranberry tea instead.

Traditional Medicinals Organic Cran Aid Herbal Tea, 16-Count Wrapped Tea Bags (Pack of 6)
Traditional Medicinals Organic Cran Aid Herbal Tea, 16-Count Wrapped Tea Bags (Pack of 6)

This cranberry tea is recommended to help with bladder health. In addition to whole cranberries, the tea includes a variety of herbs that have traditionally been used to aid the urinary tract.

 
Sugar aggravates bladder infections
Sugar aggravates bladder infections

Sack the Sugar to Avoid Frequent Bladder Infections

Sugar makes bladder infections worse

Bacteria loves sugar. So cut back on your sugar intake, including candy, cakes, pies, cookies, sugary beverages and soft drinks. The bacteria feed off the sugar and multiply, making your bladder infection worse.

Watch out for hidden sugar, including high fructose corn syrup, hidden in processed foods!

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Bladder Infection -- Causes and Treatment

I hope this information has been helpful to you in avoiding frequent bladder infections. Please share your experience with bladder infections, leave feedback or just let me know you have stopped by.

Thank you for Stopping By! - I hope this information will help you avoid frequent bladder infections.

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      Thanks for the helpful information.

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      Gayle 5 years ago from McLaughlin

      I have not personally had bladder infections but have a sister who has a lot. Thanks for the tips.

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      Angela F 5 years ago from Seattle, WA

      All good tips. I used to get them often but learned how to avoid them with many of the tips you've listed here.

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      Peggy Hazelwood 6 years ago from Desert Southwest, U.S.A.

      Great ideas for minimizing bladder infections.

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      SurvivalFoodStoragePreparedness 6 years ago

      I love the way you added Post It Notes into your Lens! That is a very cool trick :)

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      RhondaSueDavis 6 years ago

      I love the post it notes!

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      RhondaSueDavis 6 years ago

      Thanks. Good to keep in mind with warmer summer months!

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      OrganicMom247 6 years ago

      Very helpful and useful lens. :)

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      marckq 6 years ago

      Thanks, this was informative. Will share to a friend who frequently has bladder infection.

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      Virginia Allain 6 years ago from Central Florida

      Very informative. I do believe that eating yogurt daily helps with all sorts of things including preventing cold sores on the mouth.