The bacteria that enters the urogenital tract through the urethral opening is causing urinary tract infections (UTI). Sometimes the body’s defense mechanisms can’t manage the invading microbes and that’s when they get in and multiply in the bladder. Any part of the urinary tract can be affected by UTIs, but the most common are the lower urinary tract infections.
Frequent urination and a burning sensation or pain while passing urine are the most common symptoms of UTI. You may feel discomfort or pressure in the lower abdomen and pelvic area if you have an infection of the bladder (cystitis). Also, the urine may be bloody and if there is an infection in the upper urinary tract you may experience a severe backache, nausea, and vomiting.
The symptoms and their severity vary from person to person, but UTI always brings on pain and discomfort. The treatment usually starts with antibiotics along with analgesics for pain relief. The problem is that this sort of treatment causes undesirable side effects and a risk of the bacteria developing drug resistance.
So, we recommend you try some of this great home remedies without antibiotics. They’ll help you relief from pain and discomfort as well as to fight the infection naturally!
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Drink plenty of water
Drinking more water naturally increases the flow of urine and necessitates frequent voiding. The beneficial effect of drinking water has more to do with certain biochemical changes in the environment, according to a recent research. Prof. Jeffrey P. Henderson noted that urine closer to the pH of water is the best for fighting infections. Give a hard time to those microbes and drink plenty of water. Stay well hydrated!
Empty your bladder frequently
Many of us have developed a habit to hold in the water which gives pathogenic bacteria more time to multiply and invade the lining of the bladder. The bacteria can make biofilms that resist even the strongest antibiotic, and what’s even more dangerous is the spread of the infection up to the ureters and into the kidneys.
The valves may leak or fail if you are holding in the urine until the bladder is too full which can result in vesicoureteral reflux. So, it is important to void when the bladder is half full. It’s common to have an urge to go very frequently when you have UTI and don’t try to fight the urge. To increase the output drink more water, and go as often as you can, although the process is painful.
Use hot packs
Hot packs around the lower abdomen will provide temporary relief for pain. Also, they can reduce inflammation by promoting blood circulation in the area. You may use thick towels or a hot water bag. Avoid very high heat as it can cause skin burns.
Drink parsley tea
This drink is a popular UTI remedy and probably most of you didn’t know that the actual tea recommended by natural healers involves the urine of the person with the infection. According to that recipe, the patient should combine an ounce of his first voided urine with a quart of water (gently heated). Then, a handful of parsley is added and the tea should be simmered on the lowest setting for an hour.
Let garlic fight off the infection
The challenge is to get the garlic compounds into the urinary bladder. Garlic is well known for its antibacterial property and its antimicrobial action is attributed to Allicin. This sulfur compound is formed when the garlic cloves are crushed. Mash up 3-5 cloves of garlic and mix it with butter or vinegar to make your garlic butter.