Urinary Tract Infection (UTI): Causes, Symptoms & Remedies

If you have been diagnosed with UTI, your professional healthcare provider will set up a treatment plan. Usually consists of antibiotics known as Trimethoprim/sulfamethoxazole, Phosphomycin, Nitrofurantoin, Cephalexin, and Ceftriaxone-and drinking plenty of water. Should it be a severe cystitis or (incipient) kidney infection, fluoroquinolones are also sometimes prescribed. This is also an antibiotic, but is a lot heavier and often not necessary for a simple UTI. Once you start the medication, you will notice that the symptoms will soon subside (within a few) days.

Woman with hands holding her crotch in pain. Pain in the bladder.

Treatment Options for a UTI

Of course, antibiotics prescribed by your professional healthcare provider are not the only thing you can do against a UTI. In fact, there are also a number of home remedies you can use, in conjunction with the prescribed medication.

  • Eat more products with vitamin C or take vitamin C supplements
  • Drink plenty of water
  • Listen to your body; use the bathroom when your body tells you to. Even if this is several times an hour
  • Wear loose clothes; especially underwear and jeans/leggings
  • Start drinking cranberry juice
  • Start drinking parsley tea
  • Use a heating pad
  • Don’t drink coffee and/or alcohol
  • Use (over-the-counter) painkillers, like ibuprofen or naproxen, in case you can’t handle the pain anymore
  • Eat products with high dosages of probiotics, like yogurt and kefir

It is extremely important to contact your professional healthcare provider if you suffer from a UTI. A urinary tract infection really doesn’t just go away. An untreated UTI can only make the situation worse. Think of that as renal pelvic inflammation, kidney infection, or even kidney failure. It’s true you can live with your one kidney, but this a completely different life, than a life where you have two perfectly healthy kidneys. Kidney failure can also affect both kidneys and if you cannot find a donor, kidney failure will eventually lead to (an early and preventable) death. That’s why it’s important to do a lot of research to know about (treatment) options. Continue your search here:

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