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Unread 05-04-2002, 05:19 PM
Substitutes?? Help!!!

In these posts, there's a constant theme of "cranberries" going on, pills, juice, you name it!

Is there a substitute for these lively little guys for those (like me) that are near-to-death allergic to them????? :cry:

I have a tendency towards uti's so this is fairly large concern for me!
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Unread 05-04-2002, 05:26 PM
Lots and Lots of WATER!!!

When I had a kidney infection a few years back, the doc reccomended lots and lots of water (the same thing was reccomended when I had a kidney stone too!) The water helps to keep the impurities flushed out of the system. Minimum, 64 oz of water a day! Avoid caffeinated beverages; coffee, coke, tea, doctor pepper, etc.

Good luck!
Unread 05-04-2002, 05:28 PM
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Hi Starwalk,

I'm not sure what posts you are referring to, and so can't really be of much help. Except, if the posts are talking about urinary tract infections, then I would think that whatever you have been taking that you are not allergic to would be what you should take, if needed. But always check with your doctor first.

Please post again with more information.


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Unread 05-04-2002, 05:29 PM
Substitutes?? Help!!!

thanks cat..

i wonder if lemonade counts? :evil:
Unread 05-04-2002, 05:31 PM
Substitutes?? Help!!!

well every time i've had a catheter, i've gotten a pretty good uti (to the point of tears) and they just put me on antibioics.

i'm wondering if theres anything i can acually *do* to keep this from happening after the hyst!!!
Unread 05-04-2002, 05:35 PM
Not much help here...

So sorry that you will have that to add to your list of worries!! I honestly don't know what to do for you there. About the only thing I can think of that might help, and it is an incredibly long shot, vitamin C. It is a water soluble vitamin that your body does not store, so you need a fresh supply every day!! Vitamin C promotes healing. So...the lemonade might work, if it is made from concentrate, and not kool-aid.

You might check with your doc, and see if he has any reccomendations!

Unread 05-04-2002, 05:50 PM
Substitutes?? Help!!!

Oops! I meant to post here but started a new topic. Sorry!

Anyway, purple grape juice has been found to be as effective in preventing UTIs as cranberry juice, plus it's good for heart health.
Unread 05-04-2002, 06:23 PM
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From what I've read, the cranberry juice thing is highly overrated in its effectiveness in combating UTIs. I think your best bet is to drink TONS of will flush the bacteria out of your system, keep you well hydrated, and will make you pee...which is the best way to flush your ureters and urethra.

Don't worry about the berries...sometimes these things take on epic proportions. Just keep drinking water water'll be fine!!! If you need an antibiotic, you will get one. Don't add this to your list of things to worry about.


Unread 05-04-2002, 08:15 PM
Substitutes?? Help!!!

Hi Starwalk!

For what it's worth, I've also heard of cream of tartar in a glass of water. I think it has something to do with reducing the acidity in your system by making it more alkaline. Sort of like adding lime to your garden. Good Luck!


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