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5 Home Remedies for a Urinary Tract Infection (UTI)

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What are some tips for managing a urinary tract infection (UTI) at home?What are some tips for managing a urinary tract infection (UTI) at home?

Women can be more susceptible to UTIs, so knowing some home remedy tips can be helpful. Being able to catch a urinary tract infection (URI) early and treat it at home can help minimize the need for antibiotics.

If you feel you have the early symptoms of a UTI, try some of these tips to see if your symptoms are resolved. However, you should not self-treat a UTI for more than a couple days, nor if symptoms worsen, as that could lead to a kidney infection. At that point, you need to call your doctor as you probably need an antibiotic. If you have chronic UTIs, your doctor may also want you to take an antibiotic long term.

1. Water, water, water.

As soon as you notice possible UTI symptoms, increase your water intake. Lots of water can help wash out the bacteria which could cause an infection. It will also help your urine to not be as concentrated.

2. Cranberries.

Some people believe that cranberry juice or pills may be helpful with treating or preventing a UTI, but studies are mixed as to how effective they may be. If you choose to try cranberry juice, it needs to be pure and unsweetened; avoid sugar loaded juice cocktails. If you are taking blood-thinning medications, talk to your doctor before drinking cranberry juice or using cranberry pills.

3. Pineapple.

The bromelain and vitamin C in pineapple could help fight a UTI and help with inflammation. You can try some fresh pineapple or pure pineapple juice.

4. Baking soda.

Some believe that baking soda can help neutralize acid in your urine. You can try drinking a glass of water with a teaspoon of baking soda added to it.

5. Avoid caffeine, sugar, spicy foods, and alcohol.

When you have UTI symptoms, avoid caffeine, sugar, spicy foods, and alcohol. These types of foods could increase bladder irritation or create an environment that can make the infection worse.

This content was written by staff of HysterSisters.com by non-medical professionals based on discussions, resources and input from other patients for the purpose of patient-to-patient support.

03-26-2015 - 11:05 PM


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