If you’ve ever suffered from a UTI (urinary tract infection), then you will know the pain and discomfort that this condition causes. You constantly need to go and pee, but when you get there, you just can’t, and whatever does come out burns like merry hell. On top of this, you spend the rest of the day with a stomach ache and a constant need to pee again, which you know won’t yield any results.
Put simply; it’s a slight version of a living hell for the time it goes on for.
While a prolonged UTI will need medical attention to prevent the infection from spreading to the kidneys, usually with a course of antibiotics to treat it, if you can catch the infection in the first few hours of development, you may be able to handle it yourself without the need for powerful medication.
How to Self-Treat a UTI
Drink Plenty of Water
This is a common one to speak of, but it certainly helps by concentrating the urine and helping to flush out the bacteria which causes the infection and discomfort that goes along with it. Yes, this will make you go to the toilet more, and yes, you will feel like you need to pee even more, but it will help to cut down the duration of the infection.
The Case For Cranberry Juice
There is some argument over whether cranberry juice is actually that effective in the treatment or even prevention of UTIs. However, it’s worth a try if you are suffering (believe me, if you are suffering from a UTI, you will try anything). The most natural source of the fruit is best, so a pure juice if possible, yet, if you don’t like the taste, you can take cranberry supplements.
Heat is Your Friend
In order to cut down on the discomfort caused by a UTI, you need a little heat in your life. A hot water bottle or heat pad placed over the bottom of your stomach and genital area is a great way to cut down on that constant cramping feeling, or having a hot bath is even better still.
Cut Out The Irritants Which Your Bladder Simply Hates
There certain foods and drinks which your bladder is not too keen on, and cutting these out of your diet could help prevent a UTI from occurring in the first place, and could help cut down the duration that your infection goes on for if you already have it. Avoid alcohol at all costs while you’re in the midst of a UTI, and steer clear of tea and coffee too. There are also certain fruits which rub your bladder up the wrong way, such as oranges, lemons, limes, and grapefruits, as well as carbonated drinks, anything overly sugary, and unfortunately, chocolate.
Just Keep Peeing
You will feel like you simply want to sit on the toilet and never move, but that’s simply not feasible! Having said that, empty your bladder as much as possible, and also make sure you completely empty it every single time, to avoid bacteria from lurking within.
Maybe It’s Time to go Herbal?
There are certain herbal remedies which can help, but they basically are all designed to act as diuretics, which makes you pee more often – you could argue that water does the same thing, but there is some evidence to suggest that they can help. Parsley water is a good one, while also being delicious too.
Keep an Eye on Good Hygiene
Of course you are a hygienic and clean person overall, and nobody is suggesting that the fact you have a UTI is because you are in any way dirty! UTIs happen for many reasons, but keeping clean is a good way to avoid a build-up of bacteria in the first place, as well as while the infection is in full swing.
This is probably the last thing you want to be doing while you have a UTI, but it has to be said – avoid like the plague during the infection is around, even if you begin to feel better.
Catch the infection at the start, follow this advice, and wave goodbye to that UTI!