Home Remedies For Bladder Infections

Home Remedies For Bladder Infections

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  1. Bladder infections are not always painful and sometimes the individual will not even realize until the infection has reached the kidneys. In a typical Urinary Tract Infection (UTI) the pain progresses with the symptoms, usually to the point of not being able to urinate. This pain can sharp and cannot be ignored. In some bladder infections the bacteria moves further up, infecting the bladder with minimal or no pain on the outside. As the infection progresses, however, cramping on the sides (near the kidneys) will become noticeable and nausea will follow if not treated.  At this point, it is best to consult a physician or emergency room.

    While the fastest option is the be seen by a medical professional and go through a round of antibiotics, there are a few things one can do in the meantime. In order to understand why certain home remedies "work" it is first important to understand what causes these infections. The short answer is bacteria. This bacteria can enter the body from poor hygiene, but sexual intercourse is the most common considered cause. Poor hygiene doesn’t necessarily mean "unclean" but the use of panty liners and pantyhose have been suggested to increase the risk of UTI. These are not the only causes, however. Not drinking enough fluids, especially water, and holding it when the need to urinate is present are very common, and typically the causes of UTIs in children and men. Anyone who has carried a child is also well aware that pregnancy can sometimes bring on UTIs for various reasons.

    Symptoms of Urinary Tract Infections Include:

    • Sudden need to go, and often
    • Able to urinate but slow stream or feeling unfinished even when done
    • Pain or burning sensation when urinating
    • Blood or pus in the urine
    • Urine may have different odor or feel slightly warmer
    • Pain above or near pelvic bone

    If the symptoms are present less than 24 hours, you can try increasing fluids to dilute the urine and provoke increased urination in an attempt to flush the system. Diluting 100% Cranberry Juice with water and consuming several times throughout the day can help also.

    Cranberry Juice is on almost any "home remedies" list for UTIs. The cranberry juice affects the fluids in the body, making it difficult for the bacteria to stick. The best option would, of course, be 100% juice as opposed to Cranberry Juice Cocktail, which contains added sugar. Consuming sugary beverages, such as sodas, has been suggested to double the risk of developing UTIs.

    Yogurt, with its live cultures, as well as milks and cheeses containing live cultures (not regular milk and cheese) have been shown to help with UTIs as well. Women who consume these on a regular basis, typically 3 times a day in studies, showed up to an 80% reduction in development of urinary tract problems including infection. After the infection has set in, the yogurt may help a little, but there is another use for it. Keep in mind it must be a plain, no sugar and no fruit, yogurt and preferably an all natural variety. This can be applied to the painful area topically, and has been considered helpful.

    If the UTI is painful, it is best to make an appointment and see a doctor. You’ll have to give a specimen so it’s best to go early while you can still go. The specimen must be a clean-drop specimen, meaning the nurse will give you sanitizing wipes that you use to wipe the area first, instructions are provided, and the start to urinate a little before moving the cup to catch the specimen. These steps are important because the bacteria found in the urine will be checked against antibiotics to make sure the prescription given will work. Initially they are looking for blood or proteins, and depending on the severity of the infection, blood or pus may be visible in the urine too.

    In addition to an antibiotic, which will go from one to three to seven or ten days depending on the type, the doctor may prescribe a second pill that can be used for a day or two to alleviate the immediate pain and allow the patient to urinate comfortably. These often change the color of the urine, so don’t panic. This second prescription usually isn’t necessary, though, as once the antibiotics start the patient usually feels significantly better within 24 hours. It is important to continue the antibiotics as prescribed to prevent re-infection.

    Home remedies can be nice, and inexpensive compared to visiting the doctor, but for many people, waiting leads to worsening of the symptoms and they frequently comment on wishing they had just gone to the doctor sooner. If there is a fever accompanying the symptoms, if blood is seen in the urine (or when wiping), or if the individual is pregnant or diabetic it is important to consult a medical doctor promptly. This article, or similar articles, are no substitution for proper medical attention.

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