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How to Get Rid of Urinary Tract Infections

Urination is often called “relieving yourself” for a good reason: after hours of holding in urine, you feel very relieved when you release the contents of your bladder. For some people, however, taking a leak is a very painful and uncomfortable experience. If you feel stinging pains in your urinary system whenever you pee, you may be suffering from a urinary tract infection or UTI.

UTI is a common disease, especially among children and women. Even though it’s a fairly common malady, it can be quite dangerous. Most cases of UTI are temporary, and the infection cures itself after a few days. Yet like any mild disease, UTI can be a symptom of a more serious problem, like kidney infections. It is very important to treat UTI before it becomes a really serious, life-threatening condition. Here are some ways to get rid of UTI, and bring back the relief in relieving yourself.

Causes of UTI

Contrary to popular belief, urine is a very sterile liquid. It contains many waste products, but the high amounts of salts and other substances found in it are sufficient to kill and inhibit the growth of bacteria. When bacteria and other microorganisms do enter and multiply in the urinary system, you have the beginnings of a UTI.

There are two kinds of UTI:

  • Cystitis is a mild bladder infection that occurs when bacteria enters and inflames the delicate cells and tissues that make up the urinary bladder. Cystitis is the most common cause of UTI, especially among women and children.
  • Pyelonephritis, also known as urosepsis or pyelitis, is an infection of the kidney that occurs when the infection from the bottom of the urinary system travels upward. Depending on the severity of the illness, pyelonephritis may need powerful antibiotics or a hospital stay to stem and remove the infection.

Signs and Symptoms of UTI

Here are some of the most common signs that you may have UTI:

  • Frequent urination, or the urge to relieve yourself even if little to no urine passes through your urinary system
  • The seeming need to relieve yourself during nighttime (nocturia)
  • A painful, burning sensation in your urinary system or pelvic area whenever you urinate
  • Blood, pus, or any other liquid or discoloration found in your urine
  • Foul-smelling urine

Other symptoms consistent with a more serious form of UTI include the following:

  • Dizziness, vomiting, and nausea
  • Chills and high fever
  • Extreme feelings of fatigue and tiredness
  • A stabbing feeling in the groin, abdominal, and/or kidney area

Take Prescribed Antibiotics

At the first sign of UTI, you should go to a hospital and see your doctor. He or she will prescribe the right type and dosage of antibiotics needed to prevent the infection from getting worse. The doctor may also prescribe analgesics and antipyretics to relieve secondary symptoms associated with UTI.

While it’s OK to use over-the-counter antibiotics and painkillers, it’s still best to follow the advice and prescriptions of a doctor. Some medical preparations may cause UTI, and some medicines may not be powerful or potent enough to prevent the onset of secondary symptoms. If you do need to take over-the-counter medicines, read through the pamphlet first to see if you have any conditions that may trigger adverse reactions.

Drink Plenty of Water

One of the best things you can do to yourself when you have UTI is to rehydrate yourself. Having more water in your system can help flush out the bacteria in your bladder and urethra. Most doctors recommend taking in eight glasses of water a day, but when you have UTI, an extra two glasses of water can help flush out the bacterial infection.

It’s also important for you to time and to “schedule” your intake of water. For the ten-glasses-of-water therapy, follow this simple timetable:

  • One glass of water before a meal, three times a day
  • One glass of water after a meal, three times a day
  • One glass of water when you wake up in the morning
  • One glass of water before you sleep
  • One glass of water each after your morning and afternoon snack breaks

Be very careful not to drink too much water to the point of bloating. Drinking too much water can cause water intoxication, which sends your body into a potentially fatal electrolyte imbalance. Just drink enough water to stimulate urination so that you can flush out the bacteria and other microorganisms that cause the UTI.

Avoid Bladder Irritants

Urination is one of your body’s ways to eliminate waste products. When you have UTI, it’s best to stay away from salty, spicy, sweet, and other strongly flavored foods. It’s also very important for you to stay away from processed foods and drink, especially cola, coffee, and alcoholic drinks. Do not aggravate the infection further by irritating your bladder and urethra with salts, complex sugars, or caffeine.

Try the Power of Juice

A good way to introduce water into your system and flush out the bacteria is to use all-natural fruit juice or vegetable juice. While it’s OK to use all-natural juice that come from boxes or bottles, it’s a very good idea to make and process your own juice drink using a blender or a food processor. Fresh juice is an excellent diuretic, and the pulp also adds fiber and other nutrients that can help stop the infection and flush out the bacteria that causes UTI.

Here are some juice recipe ideas that you can use to help cure the infection:

  • Oranges and cranberries. Blend together some fresh squeezed orange juice with the blended pulp of cranberries. Serve the juice at room temperature.
  • Vegetable juice. When you have UTI, it’s best to stay away from salty, spicy, sweet, and other strongly flavored foods. Blend celery, carrots, tomatoes, and spinach leaves together to form a flavorful and healthy vegetable cocktail. Add a bit of ice to cool down the juice and make it refreshing.
  • Lemons and prunes. Blend lemons (pith, zest and all) and mix the pulp with bottled, all-natural prune juice. Serve the juice warm.

It may also help to take in alternative herbal supplements like vitamins and cranberry-based food supplements to get rid of the infection. Unless specified by your doctor, you should not stop taking in the prescribed dose of antibiotics.

Seek Emergency Treatment

Sometimes a urinary tract infection can be so uncomfortable that you can’t get up from bed, or you’re literally urinating blood. When this happens, you need to seek medical attention immediately. Do not delay medical treatment, especially because serious cases of UTI can lead to serious diseases like blood poisoning and systemic infections. If antibiotic treatments do not work and the pain does not subside with the strongest painkillers prescribed by the doctor, seek emergency medical care.

After holding it in for so long, urinating can relieve you of the pressure building up inside your bladder. While UTI is a fairly common disease, it’s still uncomfortable, and it still needs to be cured. With these simple tips, you can easily get rid of even the most painful, irritating, and annoying urinary tract infections you’ll ever experience.

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  • Cranberry juice! Drink lots of it. You can get cranberry pills now, too. Also, it’s kind of gross to say, but women should always make sure to urinate after having sex.

  • wen i get it i try 2 drink a glass of water every half hour an try an hold my wee in for has long has i can an 1 thing i would try 2 stay clear of wen u have it is sex witch can make it fell ten times worse

  • Wow. This definately helped. I think I have a UTI right now and i’m going to go see a doctor this week. It hurts so bad when i try and go to the bathroom though. It’s a good thing school’s ending soon. I don’t think I could handle scarfing down gallons of water at school.

    Though… Maybe if It mentioned on how long you should wait to go to the bathroom after you drink a glass of water, because usually i go like 5-10 minutes after but then I only get a few drops and i don’t think that helps very much.

  • This helped a lot! Cranberry juice works so much! The water helps too! DO NOT HOLD IT IN WHEN YOU HAVE TO GO! It makes it worse because the bacteria is just sitting there so it gives it a chance to multiply, which makes it worse. And Girls- when you wipe, wipe FRONT TO BACK NOT BACK TO FRONT. Going back to front is just like picking up the bacteria t
    and putting it into your system. Thanks again.

  • I suffered with UTI sometimes several times a year. Got the book Natural Remedies Encyclopedia at an Amish store. It said to try UVA URSI. I take it as soon as I feel it coming on. It’s worked everytime. I tried cranberry juice, extra fluids, etc. nothing worked except this. I only take 1 capsule. It’s an herbal natural dietary suppliment, 440 mg each. The brand I used is Nature’s Sunshine. Call 1-800-223-8225 or get it in your local healthfood store.

  • Im not sure if my urine has blood..bcoz im not sure if i just hve my period(my mens is irregular,it takes sometimes 3-6 months of delay)

  • It started to days ago,and iv been drinking lots of water,but it feels like nothing happening,after the pee cums out thats when the blood cums out and it stings propper bad,its followed by sum really thick stuff aswell, is it ever gunna stop ??????

  • I have chronic UTI’s there are some drinks to relieve the pain and reduce UTI’s.
    Do not drink berry juice when you have one. This will irritate it more. You want to avoid spicy foods acidic drinks. These are good for prevention. Go to your local natural herb store. There you can get different supplements to take to avoid getting one. For women make sure you using the restroom after sex! this is very important. Men you if have one, go to the local ER quick. it is rare for men to have one. My brother gets them and it caused kidney failure. you need medical attention!

  • It seems I always get uti s it really sucks my doctor put me on this antibotic which I’m suppose to take everytime after sex and it works like a charm unfortunately I forgot to take it and now I have a painful uti. I hate going to the hospital cause they always seem to be annoyed by it anyways if you get it really bad go to your doctor and maybe suggest the antibiotic you take everytime after sex they’ll know what it’s called exactly and they will help you out

  • TRY PROBIOTICS – it is one of the few things that actually works and for some reason nobody every says this! I did that recently after a friend told me to try it and could not believe how well it worked. The UTI didn’t just go away temporarily, it VANISHED. I did a couple of other things too… you can read them here. http://knockknockbaby.blogspot.com/2013/01/how-to-get-rid-of-uti-bladder-infection.html Please, ladies… spread the word about probiotics. UTI’s are so incredibly horrible to deal with, and it’s really frustrating to see all the same old recycled advice that just doesn’t make it go away. People seem to think that antibiotics are the only way to get rid of it for good. I used to think that too till I tried probiotics. You can read more details (how much to take, etc) on the page.

  • You should urinate anytime you feel like you need to, holding it in only makes it worse. Drink lots of water, green tea, v8 juice & things that’ll cleanse your system.

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