How to Treat Urinary Tract Infections

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How to Treat Urinary Tract Infections. Urinary tract infections are also known as UTIs, cystitis and bladder infections. They are most common in women, but men and children can also get them, and almost all of them are caused by E. coli bacteria.

Drink plenty of fluids. Begin as soon as you feel the first signs and symptoms. Drink up to several gallons in the first 24 hours after the onset of symptoms. Doing this can actually flush the bacteria out and wash it away.

Choose water as your primary fluid.

Drink cranberry juice. The second choice is orange juice. They make your urine more acidic, which helps kill the bacteria and provide relief from symptoms.

Take cranberry tablets or capsules if you are unable to drink or locate the juice. Take them with a large glass of water.

Take vitamin C with a bioflavonoid complex, at least 2,000mg per day. Divide the dose. This helps acidify the urine and also strengthens your immune system.

Urinate whenever you feel the urge. Don't hold it in. Try not to be in a place where there is no available bathroom.

Empty your bladder completely when you urinate. Urine left in the bladder provides a good breeding ground for bacteria.

Avoid alcohol, caffeinated and carbonated drinks, and spicy foods. They can worsen symptoms.

Avoid sexual intercourse while you are having symptoms.

Refrain from taking bubble baths or using bath oils while having symptoms.

They can cause increased irritation.

Pour warm water over genital area while you are urinating. This helps relieve burning when you urinate, which is a common symptom of urinary tract infections.

Eat parsley, celery and watermelon. They act as natural diuretics.

Use colloidal silver, which is a natural antibiotic. Use as directed on label.

Take the entire prescription of antibiotics if your doctor prescribes them.

Do not stop just because you are feeling better. Not taking the full prescription can cause a relapse or recurrence.

Take acidophilus with each meal if you are on antibiotics. It will help maintain and restore normal bacterial growth.

Tips

Some sexually transmitted diseases have symptoms similar to urinary tract infections. See a doctor if you suspect that you may have an STD.

Warnings

See a doctor if you have a fever, chills, pain in the flank area, nausea or vomiting - especially if the symptoms develop rapidly. Also see a doctor if symptoms do not improve after 24 hours of self-care, or if you are unable to urinate at all. If symptoms persist or if you have specific medical conditions or concerns, we recommend you contact a physician. This information is not intended as a substitute for professional medical advice or treatment.

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