Urinary Tract Infections (UTI) Symptoms and Home Remedies

Urinary tract infections are common in both males and females and are classified into two: infections of the upper urinary tract (affecting the kidneys or ureters) and lower (that affect the urethra or bladder).

These infections can be caused by various factors such as poor hygiene, constipation, hormonal changes, pregnancy, prostate inflammation and diabetes among others.

The symptoms that characterize urinary tract infections are:

  • Pain or burning pain when urinating
  • Chills
  • Fever
  • Back pain (at the bottom)
  • The urine is cloudy or pungent-smelling frothy
  • Frequent urge to urinate, sudden
  • Urination with small amounts of urine

Home Remedies

  1. Remedy for UTIs # 1: Prepare a syrup composed of half a kilo of cherries with tails that must be heated water bath. When they are soft, remove the bones and the rest pass through a sieve. Add a spoonful of honey. Save the resulting paste in an airtight container in the refrigerator. Take 2 or 3 tablespoons per day
  2. Remedy for UTIs # 2: Take a cranberry juice (without sugar) every day on an empty stomach in order to reduce discomfort and fight infection.
  3. Remedy for UTIs # 3: Develop a healing juice with 2 cups of fresh blueberries, 1 slice of watermelon and 1 / 2 cup cherries. Wash fruit and remove seeds from watermelon. Then, place the ingredients into a blender and blend until incorporated. Drink immediately. Take this juice until the infection subsides.
  4. Remedy for UTIs # 4: Wash and peel a banana and an apple. Chop and place in blender. Extract the juice and consume twice daily.
  5. Remedy for UTIs # 5: Dissolve 1 / 4 teaspoon baking soda mixed with water. Drink a glass daily of this drug immediately after drinking two glasses of water.
  6. Remedy for UTIs # 6: Apply heat in the lower abdomen, using a heating pad or hot water bottle or even take a hot bath as the heat not only relieves symptoms, but also brings more blood with white blood cells and other blood products that fight infection in the affected area. (This remedy is not recommended for pregnant women, as it may cause birth defects or spontaneous abortions

Recommendations

Drink plenty of fluids to flush out bacteria. One way to determine if you are drinking enough water is to see whether the urine is clear and transparent as a sign that you’re drinking enough, if, by contrast, is colorless and is concentrated liquids are missing. In any case it is advisable, especially when suffering from urinary tract infections, drinking more than two liters of water per day.

Drink beverages containing vitamin C (like citrus fruit), and acidifying the urine thus preventing bacterial growth.

Do not postpone urination because it promotes the accumulation of infected urine in the bladder. In older men, urine retention can cause swelling and obstruction of the prostate and can lead to infection of the prostate in conjunction with a bladder infection. Also, do not urinate when you feel the need for the first time also causes the bladder to stretch and dilate, causing it to not drain completely and creates a place where bacteria can grow easily.

No trouble urinating. We must go to the bathroom and take the time to remove all urine until the last drop, without interrupting urination, to avoid bacteria buildup.

Maintain good hygiene, especially in the case of women after each micturition should clean the area from front to back to prevent bacteria that causes urinary tract infections closer to the vagina and urethra opening.

Go to the bathroom (or even wash) before sexual intercourse, as it helps kill bacteria that may be present in the vagina that could be carried to the bladder. Likewise, it is appropriate after urinating to remove bacteria that may have come into the bladder.

Reconsidering the use of the diaphragm as a method of birth control in the case of women, since it has been shown that this is a major cause of persistent infections in the bladder. The diaphragm presses the bladder neck, inhibiting normal micturition (the bladder may not empty completely) then accumulated urine acts as a culture medium for bacteria.

Use pads instead of tampons to prevent accumulation of bacteria in the vagina area are then passed to the bladder.

Avoid using strong antibacterial soaps as they may irritate the urethra and produce symptoms similar to those of a urinary tract infection.

Do not consume indiscriminately and without medical care, antibiotics, which can affect the vaginal flora, allowing multiplication of the bacteria are then passed to the bladder.

Avoid alcoholic beverages. Alcohol is an irritant to the urinary tract of men and women, and should be avoided during a bladder infection.

Go to the doctor in the following cases:

  • Blood in urine
  • Fever increases after 48 hours
  • Frequent vomiting in the last 12 hours (may be indicative of infection in the kidneys)
  • Having had an abdominal injury or back in the two weeks prior to onset of symptoms (suggestive of kidney damage)
  • High Blood Pressure
  • History of kidney disease
  • Being diabetic