If you’ve ever had a urinary tract infection (UTI), you’ll know that they can be very uncomfortable. Causes vary from obstructions to bathroom hygiene to sexual activity, and the degree of severity varies from patient to patient. Ultimately, a UTI patient needs to meet with a doctor for medication to eradicate the issue.
In the meantime, here are a few ways to determine whether or not you have a UTI, as well as home remedies to utilize prior to your doctor’s appointment to alleviate symptoms.
Common symptoms include:
- Burning feeling when you urinate
- More frequent urination, regardless of volume
- Blood in your urine
- Cloudy or brownish urine
- Strong urine odor
- Pelvic or rectal pain (depending on gender)
Alleviate symptoms with the following methods:
- Drink plenty of water. Additional fluids will flush bacteria from the urinary tract. Granted, urination will become even more frequent.
- Incorporate baking soda. If urinating is painful, mix half a teaspoon of baking soda with each glass of water to minimize discomfort.
- Drink cranberry juice. Cranberry juice nutrients break bacteria away from the urinary tract wall. Be sure to choose pure juice (a.k.a sugar free). But be forewarned, cranberry juice is very bitter.
- Increase Vitamin C intake. Choose foods rich with Vitamin C, such as oranges, bell peppers, and broccoli, or take a supplement.
- Eat yogurt. Yogurt contains probiotics, which are good bacteria that flush bad bacteria from the system.
- Avoid foods that may increase discomfort. Such foods include coffee, caffeinated tea, soda, alcohol, artificial sweeteners, spicy food, and nicotine.
- Heat the abdomen. Use a heating pad in 15-minute increments to soothe pelvic or rectal pain.
- If you need to urinate, DO IT! While urinating may be painful and you feel the urge to use the bathroom frequently, it’s crucial to rid the system of bacteria when your body signals the need to do so.
These home remedies should only be used temporarily until you can meet with your doctor. Antibiotics will likely be prescribed to completely cure the infection. Seeking treatment is incredibly important! Should the infection travel to the kidneys, the condition could be life threatening. The good news is… a UTI can be eliminated completely with swift treatment.
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