Home Remedies For UTI

Many people are unaware of the variety of home remedies for UTI (urinary tract infection) and pay for doctors’ visits and antibiotics. While a round of antibiotics is sometimes necessary, often a UTI can be treated with a simple home remedy, if used at the first sign of infection.

Definition and Common Causes

A urinary tract infection is a bacterial infection of the urinary tract. Anyone at any age can get a urinary tract infection, but they are much more common in women. A urinary tract infection is sometimes referred to as “Honeymoon Cystitis” because women who frequently engage in sexual activity are very prone to infection. It is thought that women are more susceptible because the urethra is short, making it easy for bacteria to reach the bladder. Urinary tract infections in men are much less common, but can occur especially if they are diabetic, have kidney stones, or an enlarged prostate gland.

UTIs in the elderly are fairly common, and often are caused from urinary catheters, hormonal imbalances, diabetes, and poor hygiene in those with conditions such as Parkinson’s disease or dementia. UTIs are not that common in children but those with abnormal urinary tracts, or that put off going to the bathroom are susceptible. Regular urination is needed to flush out bacteria. According to the American Urological Association Foundation, UTIs occur in about 3% of children in the each year.

UTI Symptoms

Not everyone develops symptoms with a urinary tract infection, but most people do have at least one or two. The symptoms of a UTI occur within one to two days and can include any of the following:

  • Painful and burning sensations when urinating
  • Frequent urinating
  • Cloudy urine
  • Passing a small amount of urine
  • Pressure in the lower pelvis area
  • Blood in the urine
  • Fever
  • Chills
  • Nausea
  • Foul odor to urine
  • Painful feeling in the rectum (men)

Home Remedies For UTI

Home remedies for UTI have been found to be quite effective, especially if they are started at the first sign of infection. If left untreated for too long, the UTI is likely to spread and can turn into a kidney infection or some other serious problem. Using a home remedy in the early stages of a UTI increases the chances of it being effective.

Popular home remedies include:

1) Cranberry Juice – Cranberry juice is probably the most well-known and most effective of home remedies. Cranberry juice contains quinolic acid, which is acidic and keeps bacteria from sticking to the walls of bladder. Bacteria thrive in an alkaline environment and the cranberry juice makes the urine acidic, keeping bacteria at bay. It is recommended to drink three to four large glasses daily, at the first sign of infection.
2) Grapefruit – Grapefruit, or grapefruit juice, produces hippuric acid, making the urine highly acidic. This prevents the bacteria from sticking to bladder walls, the same effect as cranberry juice. Drink at least 24 ounces a day, or enjoy a large grapefruit.
3) Water – Drinking lots of water helps to flush out bacteria in the urethra. Water increases the frequency of urination, which is necessary to remove toxins. Drink eight glasses per day.
4) Herbal Remedies – Saw palmetto, Echinacea, and rose hips are often effective for treating UTIs. Rose hips have been found to create an acidic environment. These herbs are generally taken for five days to cure infection. Note that some herbs can react badly with prescription medications.
5) Garlic – Eat a whole garlic clove with a large glass of water twice a day. This could very likely cure your UTI, but be aware it could also scare away your friends!

These home remedies have good results for treating urinary tract infections. Consuming cranberry or grapefruit juice, drinking plenty of water, taking Vitamin C, eating yogurt, and always urinating after sex can help to prevent future infections. For serious infections, or infections caused by serious conditions such as kidney stones, diabetes, etc., it’s best to first consult a doctor. Also, a doctor should be seen if the sufferer is unsure if they have a UTI, or if they are in poor health. For generally healthy people with mild symptoms, these home remedies for UTI are quite effective.

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