A urinary tract infection is an infection that effects any part of your urinary system such as your bladder, urethra, ureters or kidneys. While any part of your urinary system can become infected, infections most often occur in the lower urinary tract with is the bladder and/or urethra.
While an infection in your bladder can be annoying or painful, it can have serious consequences if it reaches or spreads to your kidneys.
Antibiotics are a typical, and in many cases, necessary treatment to help cure a urinary tract infection. Please see the When To See a Doctor section below to determine if your infection is serious enough to warrant a doctor visit. It is important not to play around with a serious urinary tract infection or UTI.
Possible Causes of a Urinary Tract Infection or UTI,
* Germs get into your system through your urethra (this is the tube that carries urine from your bladder)
* Not drinking enough fluids
* Sexual Intercourse
* Enlarged prostate gland
* Kidney Stones
* Bacteria from rectum traveled up the urethra (occurs more commonly with women)
* Certain Birth control methods such as diaphragms or spermicides
Possible Symptoms of a Urinary Tract Infection or UTI ,
* Burning sensation when urinating
* Persistent or strong urge to urinate
* Passing small amounts of urine frequently
* Possible Pelvic Pain in women
* Possible Rectal pain in men
* Urine with a cloudy appearance
* Urine with a bright pink or cola colored appearance
* Any blood in the urine
* Unusually strong-smelling urine
Home Remedies for Urinary Tract Infections or UTI‘s
* Drink Plenty of Water
The more water you drink, the more you will urinate which will help flush out harmful bacteria from the bladder.
* Try Baking Soda
Baking soda can help make the bladder environment more alkaline which will reduce the ability of the bacteria to multiply. As soon as you feel the onset of a urinary track infection mix ¼ teaspoon of baking soda with 8 ounces of water and drink. Continue to do this once a day.
* Dilute the Burn
This might sound odd, but it works. If you find that urinating is too painful or uncomfortable you can reduce the pain by pouring body temperature water over yourself while you urinate or you can urinate in a tub of warm water.
* Warm the Area
If you find that you have painful pressure or cramps in your abdominal area that might accompany a urinary tract infection or UTI, place a warm compress such as a heating pad, hot water bottle or even a towel or wash cloth soaked in hot water.
* Avoid Any Food or Drink with High Acid Content
Be sure to avoid orange juice, pineapples, strawberries or grapefruit due to their high acidic content because these would make urinating even more painful.
* Avoid Caffeine and Alcohol
Drinking caffeine or alcohol can also increase pain during urination. Plus they both stimulate the walls of the bladder which can actually cause you to urinate more adding even more discomfort.
* Drink Cranberry Juice
Cranberry juice is a great old home remedy for urinary tract infections. (You should avoid Cranberry juice however, if you have an overactive bladder because it could make it more sensitive). If you can’t find cranberry juice or do not particularly like the taste, there are cranberry extract pills that you can get that will work as well.
* Eat Yogurt
Yogurt is another thing you should eat it because it is believed to help prevent unwanted bacteria from multiplying in the urinary tract.
You should try plain yogurt or one with fresh blueberries because blueberries are related to cranberries and have the same benefit as mentioned above.
* Urinate After Sex
To help prevent urinary tracts in the future you should try urinating after sex. This will help flush out any bacteria from being pushed up into the urethra.
* Cut Down or Stop Using Certain Feminine Products
Some chemicals in douches or deodorant spray can contribute to UTI’s. If you find you are getting them more frequently you might want to stop using these products.
* Uva Ursi Capsules
You can find Uva Ursi Capsules in most health stores or online. These are thought to help treat urinary tract infections. Simply follow the recommended dosage on the label.
Reflexology is an ancient Chinese foot massage technique that can help reduce pain and inflammation in other parts of your body. There are videos online where you can find out which spots will help your bladder and kidney.
When To See a Doctor For a Urinary Tract Infection or UTI ,
Call your doctor right away if you think you have an infection and:
* You have a fever, nausea and vomiting
* You have a pain in one side of your back under your ribs.
* You notice blood or pus in your urine
* You experience more than 2 days of symptoms such as painful urination, foul smelling urine or the urge to urinate often but very little is urine passed when you go
* You have diabetes
* You have kidney problems
* You have a weak immune system.
* You are older than 65.
* You are pregnant.
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*While this site is dedicated to Home Remedies, there might be a rare occasion where you might need a little help from an outside source. The following are some other products or procedures that you can try if your situation is a little more severe and these home remedies aren’t quite doing the trick.