Urinary tract infections affect both men and women but women are a greater risk. A urinary tract infection is an infection that starts in the urinary system. The urinary system is made up of the ureters, bladder, kidneys and urethra. Most infections involve the lower urinary tract in the urethra and the bladder but can also affect the kidneys especially if gone untreated. Most often antibiotics are the course of treatment for a urinary tract infection but antibiotics also come with their own side effects like yeast infections especially in women. A urinary tract infection is painful and annoying enough without adding a yeast infection as well.
Symptoms of a Urinary Tract Infection Most Commonly Include:
• A persistent urge to urinate that can become strong, almost uncontrollable.
• Burning when urinating.
• Only passing a small amount of urine even with a strong urge to urinate.
• Cloudy urine.
• Urine that looks pink or dark, this could be a sign there is blood in the urine.
• Urine that smells strong or abnormal
• Women can experience pelvic pain.
• Men can experience rectal pain.
• Fever, chills
What are the Causes of Urinary Tract Infections:
Since the urinary tract system is composed of the bladder, urethra, ureters and kidneys as described above, they all play an important part in removing waste from our bodies. A urinary tract infection can occur when bacteria gets into the urinary tract and the bacteria multiply. Bacteria usually enters through the urethra. As the bacteria multiplies it then spreads to the bladder and creates a full blown infection.
How to Prevent or Reduce the Risk of a Urinary Tract Infection:
• Empty your bladder immediately following intercourse. Drinking a full glass of water will also help to flush the bacteria.
• Avoid all irritating feminine products like deodorant sprays, douches and powders. These can irritate the urethra.
• Drinking plenty of fluids especially water. Water helps to dilute your urine and will ensure that you urinate more which will allow bacteria to be flushed away long before an infection can begin.
• Drinking cranberry juice is an effective way to flush out your system of impurities.
• Some swear by drinking distilled water. It has been said that distilled water grabs impurities from your body as it makes its way out of the body with urinating.
Home Remedies and Alternative Treatments for Urinary Tract Infections:
• Using a mixture of 1/2 tsp of baking soda to eight ounces of water can help eliminate the sting of urinary tract infections.
• Consuming two to three tablets three times a day of Echinacea and Goldenseal will help to fight the infection.
• Fresh berry juice is one of the best home remedies for bladder and/or urinary tract infections.
• White Tea eases the pain and burning of UTI’s. Drinking white tea along with pure cranberry juice and a lot of water seems to make the UTI go away or prevent it at the first warning signs.
• Vitamin C stops the growth of bacteria therefore stops the UTI from spreading.
As with all home remedies and alternative treatments for urinary tract infections, seek medical attention if symptoms persist and always consult your physician on possible drug interactions before starting any new diet or regimen.
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