If you are running a low grade temperature and feel pain or pressure in the bladder, you might just have an UTI.
If you are constantly running to use the restroom, but when you get there nothing comes out, or you urinate very little, this is a sure sign of a UTI.
There may or may not be pain. The urine may smell bad, or could look milky, cloudy, or be reddish in color. Should you notice blood in the urine, a doctor should be contacted as soon as possible.
While some suffer through UTIS, there is not any reason to. They can easily be treated at home without the help of any antibiotics.
UTIs are caused when bacteria gets into the urinary tract and causes an infection. This may happen in one of the following ways:
· Something that is causing the bladder not to completely empty, such as a kidney stone
· wiping from the front to the back after having a BM. Germs are spread this way when the bacteria gets into the urethra, whose opening is at the front of the vagina
· Having diabetes
· Loss of estrogen or changes in the vagina during menopause.
· The use of a catheter.
· Birth control such as the diaphragm, a condom, or spermicides
· Having coition
· Waiting too long to use the bathroom
Oral antibiotics are often used to treat urinary tract infections. The bad and the good bacteria will be killed when antibiotics are taken. The good bacteria is needed in the body to help support immunity and help with proper digestion. Many doctors do not like to prescribe antibiotics are they leave an unwelcome feeling in the stomach. Many will develop yeast infections. However, do note that if a doctor does prescribe antibiotics, it is best to continue taking them until they are all gone.
The following methods can be used to tackle Urinary Tract infections at home:
1. Drinking cranberry juice. Cranberry juice can help any bacteria from sticking to the walls of the urethra. This is due to the fact that cranberries contain hippuric. It is best to drink unsweetened cranberry juice as this does not have excessive sugars that will cause more bacteria or cause unwanted weight gain.
2. Garlic and onions should be eaten. They are full of antimicrobial properties that kill bacteria like E. Coli. They are also rich in anti-inflammatory properties, especially Alicia.
3. Push the water. Water will help to flush the bacteria out of the body. You should try to drink up to half your body weight in ounces each day. For example, a 150 pound person would drink 75ouces of water each day.
4. Take Probiotics each day. This will fight the bad bacteria off with the good bacteria. This can help to limit or cure the amount of UTIS that are seen each year. You can eat kefir or yogurt, or you may wish to supplement with a probiotic pill. Probiotics will help the body fight off infections.
5. Load up on vitamin C. Vitamin C will help to keep the bladder healthy. It will also make the urethra work better. This will allow them to work better and will also help the urine be more acidic. This will prevent bacteria from growing.
6. Blueberries are wonderful to eat in order to prevent an UTI. This is because they are a strong antioxidant. If you can drink 100% blueberry juice within 24 hours after first detecting an UTI, the symptoms will begin to decrease.
7. Use baking soda to help with any burning sensations. Mix half a teaspoon of baking soda with a glass of warm water and drink it down.
If you do have a UTI, then it is important to know what to do for pain as well. You can try heat around the pubic area to help soothe the area. You may also wish to cut out any irritants, such as spicy foods, alcohol, carbonated drinks, artificial sweeteners, and caffeine.
Keep the bladder empty, always going when you feel the urge to go. One may also turn to herbal remedies such as urva ursi, which is an anti-inflammatory. Goldenseal and Oregon grape roots can also help the body fight off any E Coli.