Even though Urinary Tract Infection (UTI) is a general condition, it is more common among women than men. This issue becomes serious because many women do not follow the most common protocol to prevent or minimize the chances of UTI.
UTI is a key reason because of which we are often told to wipe from front to back after using the bathroom. That’s because the urethra (the tube that transports urine from the bladder to the outside of the body) is located very close to the anus. Bacteria from the large intestine, such as E.Coli, are in perfect position to escape it and invade the urethra. From there, they can travel up to the bladder, and if the infection is not treated, it can continue on to infect the kidneys.
Home Remedies for UTI
• Drink 10-14 glasses of water to protect yourself from urinary infection. Drinking a lot of water flushes out bacteria and other microorganisms which contaminate the urinary tract.
• Do not suppress the urge to urinate, as it may have consequences on your health, possibly leading to a fully-developed urinary tract infection.
• Always wipe yourself from front to back; this stops the entry of the bacteria from the anus into the vagina or urethra.
• Take showers instead of bubble bath to prevent the entrance of bacteria into the urethra.
• Wash your genital area before and after a sexual intercourse. Also urinate before and after it. This avoids the transference of bacteria from one partner to another.
• Scented sprays can cause infection and irritation of the vaginal area. They do not help the cause of alleviating the Urinary Tract Infection problem.
• Drink a good amount of cranberry juice as it is one of the most simple and natural way of treating urinary tract infection. It prevents and heals the infection due to its medicinal properties.
• Stay away from caffeine found in coffee, tea, carbonated drinks, chocolates and many more.
• At the first symptoms, consume vitamin C supplements. It increases the acidity level of urine which helps to decrease the bacteria present in the urinary tract.
• You can apply a warm heating pad or hot water bottle on your abdomen to ease the pain.
• Use of spices like cinnamon and tincture mixture of herbs like buchu, uvaursi and juniper berries can act as antiseptics to clean kidney and bladder.
• Drink one glass of water for every 10 hours of the day. This will help you keep tab on the amount of water you drink.
• Avoid bladder irritants like citrus, tomatoes, aged cheese, chocolate, spicy food, caffeine, alcohol and nicotine. The irritants may differ for some individuals, but these are some of the common ones.
• Avoid tight underwear as it creates an ideal environment for undesirable bacteria to breed.