B.G. asks from Sacramento, CA on August 05, 2008
Help! Bladder Infection!
It started yesterday morning, that horrible pain only known as a bladder infection (UTI). I don't have health insurance, but will be going to a clinic for antibiotics. Does anybody have any at home remedies that have been successful in treating a UTI? I am using Uristat in the meantime. I used to down Cranberry juice or take Cranberry caplets but have heard recently they only help with prevention, and can cause more irritation once the infection has begun.
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I knew there was no quick fix. I visited the dr, and started my antibiotics and a stonger painkiller for the meantime. And drinking lots of water of course too!
Just an FYI- 7 RiteAid stores in Sacramento have Sutter Health Clinics in them. There is a flat cost for different services, and they accept insurance... and no insurance. I paid $60 for my appointment and diagnosis, and another $20 for the meds.
G.B. answers from San Francisco on August 06, 2008
I would get on acidophilus and other probiotics ASAP, cut out all sugar, soy sauce, vinegar, fermented foods,and anything with malt. If you get on antibiotics I would also supplement with caprylic acid tablets (Vitacost.com)oregano drops under the tounge, and cod liver oil, all 3x daily. Probiotics are especially important when on antibiotics. If you are going to drink cranberry, go to trader Joes and get the no sugar-full strength cranberry. UTI's are hard to get rid of. Many times they may seem like they are gone, but the bacteria just gets reduced and symptoms go away for a while only to come back after a few months when the bacteria has repopulated. I fought a UTI with my daughter on and off for 3 years using the conventional antibiotic method. It took a lot of strategy and other methods to get that stuff knocked out.
M.L. answers from Redding on August 06, 2008
As soon as I start feeling an infection coming on I stop eating all sugar, start taking vitamin C (5- 6 pills/ day)Cranberries irritate my stomach. Also, drink lots of water. The bacterias that cause the infection like the sugar in your urine, so cut out the sugar and eat foods that will make your urine more acidic. Bacterias don't like acid. Drink lots of water to keep flushing the bacteria populations out of your body before they have a chance to multiply. I have only been to the dr. for my fist infection and have been able to stop all others on my own.
B.M. answers from Salinas on August 06, 2008
I cant take the antibiotics due to allergies. I used to get baldder infections often. Cranberry does work for eliminating and prevention. I use Cranberry Extract and Uva Ursi. DO NOT GET OCEANSPRAY JUICE. The sugar makes the infection worse. If you want to get juice instead of cranberry pills, get Just Cranberry. Its awful stuff but it works. Personally, I prefer the pills. Drink lots of water. Take the cranberry 3x per day and the uva ursi as directed on the bottle. pain should go away within 1-2 days but continue for 1 full week. Cut as much sugar and carbs out of your diet as you can for the week you take the herbs. Good luck. I have been there too many times, so i know how awful it is!!
T.P. answers from San Francisco on August 06, 2008
I am not sure how Uristat compares, but I take AZO when I get them. It is over the counter and works wonders. It takes the pain and discomfort away in about 30 minutes or less. But beware, it turns your pee orange! Also make sure you are drinking a lot of water.
T.D. answers from Sacramento on August 05, 2008
Uristat or Cystex give the best relief I know of until the antibiotics do their job. Cranberry does help with prevention - as far as irritating it more, I think that's just because having to go to the bathroom is irritating. You need to drink LOTS of fluids to flush your system.
C.G. answers from Fresno on August 06, 2008
have you tried AZO? - it's an over the counter med that helps loosen you up and relieve the pain associated with UTI - i'm not sure how similar it is to Uristat - maybe call a local free clinic and see if they can help? it's worth a shot, 'cause I know the pain is like, UGH!
take care, and feel better.
H.M. answers from San Francisco on August 06, 2008
Good luck! About 8 years ago and I had a few UTI's in one year. Then I thought I was going to die when I got a kidney infection from not getting treatment for my UTI. I was in the ER at 3am, its a pain only compaired to child birth. Then I found cranberry tablets for prevention. I was on heavy antibotics for the kidney infection and I started the cranberry and I haven't had a problem since. Water is my hard part, drink as much as you can.
E.M. answers from Bakersfield on August 06, 2008
I know you have had lots of input on this already, but I recently could have sworn I had one and now nothing. What I did was take the AZO cranberry supplements with a load of water, and I treated myself like I had not only a UTI but a Yeast infection. I took a "vinegar bath." Also, I am a firm believer in vitamins to supplement what you may not be getting. If you have time, look up foods that "cleanse" your body. A good one is the wheat grass shot at jamba juice. It does taste like lawn clippings, but it does wonders for me. The combination of all of that helped me alot. I also used the AZO test strips. If you are in that much pain, you may have a serious issue.
My suggestion to you and to all women is to pay really close attention to your body so that you can feel any and all minor issues and notice any changes. It takes alot of effort (I know it does for me) but it's worth it. ANd I belong to the "didn't have insurance" club for a long time. If you can get to a local clinic, do it. They are cheap to free and worth every minute verses a huge doctors bill.
I hope you feel better!
N.S. answers from San Francisco on August 06, 2008
It is good that you will be gong to the health clinic. UTI's should be treated by a professional, even if using alternative remedies.
Drink as much as you can, lots and lots of water!!