Urinary tract infection, or UTI, is the inflammation of the urinary tract caused by bacteria. The common culprit is the E. coli bacteria, but there are also other bacterial strains, such as Chlamydia. Successful treatment of UTI involves using medications, either chemically-produced or naturally occurring, to kill the bacteria that caused the infection and to prevent these from multiplying or recurring.
The reason antibiotics are prescribed as UTI treatments is because they have a two-fold purpose…
…They do not only kill the bacteria causing the infection, but also prevent it from spreading further and infecting other parts of the body.
Sometimes, simple UTI can progress to severe kidney infections that would require hospitalization or even surgery, such as in the case of some kidney stones. The elderly, the young, and pregnant women may also need to be hospitalized if they are suffering – because of the possibility of infection spreading to other organs.
If you decide to take antibiotic urinary tract infection treatments, make sure you know the risks involved in taking these medications. Some of these can cause side effects, trigger allergies, or interact with other medicines you are taking, so check what these drugs are bringing to the table. In general, drug treatment of urinary tract infection can take one or two weeks long, depending on how bad your infection is.
There are also natural remedies available, with some naturalists even claiming that these treatments for UTI are more effective than modern medications. Such remedies and natural bladder infection cures include taking Vitamin C, drinking cranberry juice, and snacking on blueberries, pineapples, and apples. It is also recommended to avoid certain kinds of food and beverages that can irritate your urinary tract further – like coffee, tea, chocolate, alcohol, and acidic food.
During treatment for UTI, refrain from smoking as this only makes the infection worse and could even cause bladder cancer. Abstain from sex as well, because sexual contact may exacerbate the condition. Try not eat sugary food as well, as this speeds up bacterial growth.
After successfully treating a urinary tract infection, take certain precautions to keep it from coming back.
- For women, do not use scented products in the genital area as these might irritate it.
- Use sanitary pads instead of tampons, and change these regularly when you have your period.
- Wipe from front to back after using the restroom.
- Urinate before and after sexual activity to prevent bacteria from spreading.
- Lastly, avoid tight-fitting clothes and underwear that’s not 100% cotton.
These are just some of the ways to help in the prevention and treatment of UTI. For more natural remedies, the UTI Report offers a wealth of information.