Home Remedies for Urinary Tract Infection (UTI)

Your urinary system is made up of your urethra, which carries urine out of the bladder when you pee, your bladder, which holds your urine, your ureters, which carry urine from the kidneys to the bladder, and your kidneys, which filter waste from the blood to produce urine.

A UTI happens when bacteria makes its way up the urethra, and the symptoms includes, burning feeling when you urinate, frequent urge to urinate with little result when you do, pain or pressure in your back or lower abdomen, strange-smelling urine (cloudy, dark, bloody), feeling tired or shaky and fever (a sign the infection may have reached your kidneys)

It is best to get examined by a Doctor once you have the symptoms of a UTI as the infection could spread to your kidneys if left unchecked. The Doctor will prescribe appropriate antibiotics after extensive tests have been carried out.

Some of these home remedies may be useful to ease UTI pain and discomfort:

1) Drink loads of water: This is one of the most important things you can do when you have a UTI. It helps flush out bacteria, and gives you something to actually push out when you pee

2) Urinate: Urinate as often as possible when dealing with UTI. If you hold it in, you increase the chance that bacteria will develop and multiply. If you do have a UTI, every time you pee you get out a little bit more of that bacteria

3) Vitamin C: Getting plenty of foods/fruits high in vitamin C is important, because large amounts of vitamin C make urine more acidic and this inhibits the growth of bacteria in your urinary tract

4) Apply heat: Inflammation and irritation from UTIs cause burning, pressure, and pain around your pubic area. Applying a heating pad/bottle can help soothe the area. Keep the heat setting low and limit your use to 15 minutes at a time to avoid burns

5) Cut Bladder irritating food: Caffeine, alcohol, spicy food, carbonated drinks, and artificial sweeteners can irritate your bladder further if you have UTI, making it harder for your body to heal. Focus on healthy foods, such as high-fiber carbohydrates, which are good for your digestive health

6) Change to Healthier Habits: Lifestyle changes matter because they can help you recover from a UTI and might prevent another infection. Wear loose cotton clothing/underwear and wipe yourself clean from front to back after using the toilet

For more advice and help, feel free to ask a Doctor via The Reliance Care App

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