Self Treatment for Urinary Tract Infections

Self treatment for urinary tract infections is better done in concert with your doctor's orders. Left untreated, urinary tract infections can lead to serious medical problems.

Urinary Tract Infections
Urinary tract infections, the second most common type of infection, usually occur in the urethra, the bladder and the kidneys. Most infections, which are more common among women than men, are caused by the Escherichia coli, or E. coli, bacteria. The most common urinary tract infections occur in the urethra, a condition that is called urethritis, and the bladder, or cystitis. If the infection reaches the kidneys, the infection can be more serious. This condition is called pyelonephritis.

Symptoms of Urinary Tract Infections
If you have a urinary tract infection, you may feel the need to urinate frequently. Urination, however, may be quite painful and can be accompanied with a burning sensation. In addition, you may see blood in your urine or your urine will appear to be "cloudy." Serious infections can include high fevers and vomiting.

Self Treatment for Urinary Tract Infections
One way to self treat for urinary tract infections is to drink a lot of fluids. Water is always good. Water will help flush the bacteria out of your urinary tract. However, you should avoid some types of drinks, including alcoholic beverages, beverages that include caffeine and citrus juices. These will irritate your urinary tract more than it is already irritated.

In addition, you can try cranberry juice. Make sure that you drink cranberry juice, not the cocktail. Cranberry juice helps prevent the bacteria from sticking to the walls of your urinary tract. If you don't like the taste of cranberry juice, try adding some apple juice to improve the flavor.

Another option is to get that glass of water and dissolve a half of a teaspoon of baking soda in it before drinking.

UTI Care
Your doctor will likely prescribe antibiotics to treat your infection. In addition, you may get prescription analgesics to help you deal with the pain. If you have a serious infection, you may end up in the hospital taking your antibiotics intravenously. 

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