Last Modified on Feb 27, 2014
What Is a Bladder Infection?
A relatively common health concern for women but rather rare for men, bladder infections are considered to be cystitis or inflammation of the bladder. Nearly 50 percent of all women will experience at least one bladder infection throughout their lives while the percentage for men is much lower. In any case, though, a bladder infection is quite simply infection of the bladder and is often also called a urinary tract infection or UTI. As the urinary tract is typically sterile, when microbes penetrate it, the result is typically infection.
The bladder is one of the main components of the urinary tract system and serves as the storage center for urine before it is expelled from the body. Bacteria in the urine can lead to infection and cause additional health concerns if left untreated. Typically bacteria are introduced into the urinary system from outside of the body through the urethra, the part of the urinary tract that drains the system. Common routes of bacteria travel include movement from the rectum or vagina to the urethra (in females) or via nearby skin to the urethra. Specific bacteria that commonly cause bladder infections include E. coli, Staph, Proteus, Klebsiella, and Enterococcus; however, any foreign bacteria entering the system can cause bladder issues. While rare, bladder infection can result from infection by a fungus. The most common bladder infection causing bacteria is Candida.
Not all bladder infections present symptoms; however, when symptoms are present, they typically manifest in similar ways. Typical signs and symptoms include a strong need or urge to urinate, burning or discomfort when urinating, frequent but small amounts of urine, dark or cloudy urine, unusually colored urine (red, pink, or cola-colored), or strong-smelling urine. Women often experience pelvic pain in association with a sever bladder infection while men typically experience rectal pain. Each type of urinary tract infection is different and exhibits specific signs and symptoms. In general, those most commonly exhibited in conjunction with a bladder infection include pelvic pressure, discomfort in the lower abdomen, painful urination, and blood in the urine.
Natural Bladder Infection Treatment
Most bladder infections can be treated using natural, at-home methods. Effective at-home bladder infection treatment includes increasing water intake, urinating frequently being sure to rid the bladder entirely of its contents, avoiding sugary foods, and drinking unsweetened cranberry juice. Supplementing the diet with vitamin C, D-mannose, and natural cranberry alternatives also treat and prevent bladder infections. Drinking different tonic solutions may also offer relief including diluted apple cider vinegar, a mixture of apple cider vinegar with baking soda and water, and sea salt and water. In general, the addition of water and elimination of added sugar in the diet is one of the most effective ways to treat and prevent any bladder infection.
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Table of Contents
- QUESTIONS & ANSWERS
- POPULAR REMEDIES
- Alka Seltzer
- Alkaline Diet
- Antibiotics, Cranberry Juice
- Apple Cider Vinegar
- Apple Cider Vinegar and Baking Soda
- Apple Cider Vinegar and Sea Salt
- Apple Cider Vinegar, Cranberry
- Apple Cider Vinegar, Cranberry, Vitamin C
- Apple Cider Vinegar, D-Mannose
- Apple Cider Vinegar, Ginger Root Tablets
- Apple Cider Vinegar, Uva Ursi
- Avoid Alcohol, Drink Water
- Avoid Garlic and Citrus Avoid Backlighting Computer Monitors
- Avoid Spermicides
- Baking Soda
- Ball Stretch
- Bladder Infection Causes
- Chinese Herbs
- Citric Acid Supplements
- Club Soda
- Coconut Milk
- Coconut Oil
- Colloidal Silver
- Cornsilk and Shave Grass Teas
- Cranberry for Prevention of UTI
- D-Mannose, Garlic, Alkaline Pills
- Dandelion Tea and Oregano Oil
- Dietary Changes
- General Feedback
- Golden Seal and Echinachea
- Goldenseal and Echinachea
- Grape Leaf Pickles
- Grapefruit Seed Extract
- Grapeseed Extract
- Group B Strep
- Hematuria Remedies
- Herbal Tea
- Himalayan Salt
- Hydrogen Peroxide
- Hygienic Practices
- Lime Juice for UTI Prevention
- Link to Drinking City Water
- Marshmallow Root Extract
- Multiple Remedies
- Olive Leaf
- Olive Leaf, Turmeric
- Oregano Oil
- Pilates and Chiropractic Treatments
- Plantain Tea
- Probiotic Suppository
- Remedies for Recurrent UTI
- Remedies Needed
- Rock Salt
- Sea Salt
- Sea Salt, Baking Soda and Cranberry Pills
- Ted's Remedies
- Treat According to Your Urinary pH
- Urinate After Sex
- Uva Ursi
- Vitamin C
- Vitamin E
- Water With Lime and Lemon
- Watermelon Seed Tea
- Watermelon, Baking Soda, Azo
- White Vinegar
[YEA] 09/20/2006: Jennifer from Fort Smith, AR: "At the first sign of a bladder infection I take a couple Acidophilis pills and drink lots of water. This really helps. It also helps to take Acidophilis when your taking your Dr prescribed antibiotics because sometimes when the bad bacteria is killed so is the good resulting in a yeast infection and the Acidophilis stops that from occuring! I like it best in pill form but it can be bought in milk and it is naturally in yogurt."Replies
11/04/2008: Jessica from St. Louis, MO U.S.A. replies: "Actually, if you take acidophilus while on antibiotics, the antibiotics will kill the bacteria in the supplement you are taking and you just wasted your money. It's best to wait one week after you end your prescribed antibiotics to begin a pro-biotic.
Three drops of oil of oregano (a natural anti-viral, anti-bacterial, anti-fungal) from a tincture three to four times a day and 1200 mg of cranberry (which keeps the infection from spreading) in the morning and no-sugar-added cranberry juice at night will help."
01/20/2009: Sarah from Portland, OR replies: "Actually it is good to take acidophilus when taking antibiotics. just be sure to take the acidophilus 2 - 3 hours after taking the antibiotic because yes the antibiotic will kill the aciophilus if taken at the same time. waiting 2-3 hours after will replenish the good bacteria in your system that the antibiotics kill as well as the bad bacteria. Doing this will speed healing time. It is also good to continue the acidophilus a few days after ending the antibiotics."
03/08/2009: Tiffany from Los Angeles, CA replies: "No holistic treatment of a bacterial infection is complete without probiotics. Using a natural antibiotic can kill the bacteria causing the symptoms, but without repopulating the body with it's greatest natural defenders, probiotics, you haven't healed the underlying problem of bacterial imbalance (too many pathogenic colonies, not enough beneficial ones).
It is in fact a good idea to take probiotics concurrently with antibiotics. Doing so has been shown in clinical studies to reduce the incidence of negative side effects, such as diarrhea. I would continue probiotic treatment for at least two weeks after antibiotics, as your beneficial bacteria are 70% of your immune system and absolutely essential to your body's ability to digest food, absorb nutrients, and eliminate waste. If you are having any symptoms of indigestion (gas, bloating, belching, constipation, diarrhea), probiotics are in order.
Like most things, not all probiotics are created equal. While acidophilus is very aggressive toward pathogens, a multi-strain probiotic will provide even more benefit. Your body is home to innumerable strains of bacteria. Also, a symbiotic, or a supplement in which the probiotics are still attached in an organic bond with the medium (food) they have cultured, will provide the most benefit as these bacteria are stabilized by that organic bond and have easy access to all the fiber they need in order to colonize successfully. These are available in ultra-potent yogurt-like drinks (sold as a supplement) and also pill form. Feel free to email me if you are interested in specific products which fit into this category.
Be good to your bugs!"
08/12/2009: Erin from Naperville, Illinois replies: "Actually, Sarah is right. You should take acidophilus while taking an antibiotic either in the form of yogurt or a probiotic. While the antibiotic does kill good and bad bacteria, you need to keep replenishing your good bacteria to prevent getting a secondary infection. With no good bacteria whatsoever in your system, you are wide open to any infection. Whenever I take an antibiotic, I always have to take a cup of yogurt daily with it or I will end up another, often worse, infection somewhere else."
[YEA] 01/19/2011: Jaclyn from Clarkston, Michigan replies: "Worked amazingly. Well into bladder infection, because I was trying cranberry pills and ACV. I added oil of oregano, and it started to ease up, but definitely still there. I got Acidophilus and Garlic and started taking those, and my bladder infection is GONE."
01/26/2012: Shampoo from Los Angeles, Ca replies: "Acidophilus is the ONLY thing that works to PREVENT and treat UTI's. Ever since I gave birth to my daughter I get a bladder infection EVERYTIME I have sex, it was horrible. To top it off, I dont have insurance, and it would usually take more than one round of antibiotics to clear one up.
One winter, I was on my 4th round of antibiotics when I got on earthclinic to try to find an alternative cure. I tried ACV, EVCO, baking soda, sea salt, Olive leaf extract, and Oregano oil. None if it worked. It eased the pain, but did not clear things up for me. I also took Uva Ursi, and D-Mannose. The infection lingered. I still had painful pee, and sex! I drank ACV by the bottle, it was disgusting, but I was desperate!! I drank that and took coconut oil like it was my job.
Because, I am also prone to yeast infections, I tried several different kinds of Acidophilus, and I noticed a real improvement, but what cured me was an expensive brand specially formulated for women(can say names) with several different strands of acidophilus. There is a website, you guys can look it up. It was created and formulated over clinically trials, and 10 years of research and study, its great. It is expensive but SOOOOO WORTH IT! Its about $30 for 60 caplets. A month supply. I order it every month or every other month, its great. To prevent UTI's all you need is one pill a day. To treat a UTI, you will need 2 or more pills a day, and it may take up to a week to clear it out along with alot of water. These pills saved my life guys. Also, massive amounts of Goldenseal herb and Echinacea also helped me, but it was a pain! Who wants to take a dozen caps a day, Boring!!!"
[YEA] 01/31/2012: Madiney from Portland, Or replies: "I started getting a bladder infection every month. I got on antibotic and it came back. I then cured it naturally and sure enough a month later it came back. I tried to take it out again naturally but nothing worked. I was ready to get back on antibodics and a friend gave me a box of suppositories yeast arrest. It worked in 15 minutes and has changed my life along with acidophilus. I take 2 a day for maintenance and my life is changed."
02/09/2012: Dede from Idaho Falls, Id replies: "I have been trying to find the website for the acidophilus that Shampoo from LA uses. Can you give us a better clue? Nothing comes up."
02/10/2012: Marina from Chicago, Il replies: "I am responding to a general thread on bladder infections and uti- to say that we keep coconut oil ovules made with a drop of lavender essential oil in our women's health care clinic, and they seem to knock out bladder infections - best to address at the earliest symptom, which is generally a slight burning upon urination. Taking a few glassfuls of water to which 1 t. of cranberry concentrate (unsweetened) is added is also a helpful adjunct to this treatment- along with rest!"
03/12/2012: Lydia from Minnetonka, Mn, United States replies: "I too have had uti after uti but only after having sex. The problem for me is all the other health conditions I have which makes me less immune to things like uti's. My side effects are always fevers and never pain when going to the bathroom which makes them much harder to detect. My urologist even put me on antibotics before after sex. I want to find a way to not deal with it naturally. One of my friends gave me a recipe for a drink that should be taken 3x times a day to fight off illness. It calls for 1/4 th lemon juice, 2 tbsp apple vinagar, 1/2 a cup of water, 1/2 a cup of cranberry juice. I have been drinking it and haven't noticed a huge difference, but am hoping it may help. Any ideas on how to deal with a propensity to uti's?"
03/27/2012: Shampoo from Los Angeles, Ca replies: "U guys. The website I was reffering to is by Jarrow brand called femdophilus, it has the word FEM in it. Google it guys. They sell it most health food stores. Specially formulated for women in a pink bottle... Look for a pink bottle
I think any HIGH quality multiple strand acidphophilus will work well tho, taken several times a day, maybe three times a day. There are a few good ones out there, if you cant find the one I was talking about."
05/02/2012: D from Vancouver, Bc/canada replies: "For all of you who get UTIs after sex - a simple thing like peeing right after you've just had sex will make a big difference. When you empty your bladder the urine flushes out the bacteria that has lodged in the uretra before it can breed and cause the infection. Made a huge difference for me - I never get UTIs anymore."
06/01/2012: Angie from Seattle, Wa replies: "For those of you exeriencing UTI's after intercourse consider that the contreceptive you use may possibly be causing it... I would always get a UTI after using a latex condom, regardless of peeing and washing afterwards... once I switched to the non-latex ones, I've never had another problem."
08/30/2012: Anymtn from Xoxo, California, United States replies: "Women listen up.... If you have the following that keep reoccurring and wont go away ie Bladder infections, yeast infections and Vaginitis. It is probably not you, but problems with your partners private parts. Go and buy a microbial scrub, like the ones sold in drug stores that are used commonly for scrubbing surgical sites. Have your partner (and you) use this scrub every day in the shower. Use it on all private areas, anus, under testicles, penis, vagina and all folds. Allow it to "sit" before rinsing. I have used this since I was in my 20s and have not had any one of the above problems since. I buy the dark red surgical scrub in the baby blue bottle (Hybiclens sp?) and only use on areas that have a high bacteria count like armpits, private parts and sometimes feet.
In college I had a roommate with constant bladder infections. One day when I had gall, I mentioned that it may be a cleanliness issue that cannot be corrected with all the normal soap in the world. She listened, made a change and wholla....... No more cranberry juice taking up space in the fridge!
The transfer of bacteria and yeast during sex is the problem. Get rid of the cause and you will no longer have to chase the problem."
01/07/2013: Meg from Somewhere, Tx replies: "In response to this thread about bladder infections occuring after intercourse, I think I stumbled onto one of the best kept secrets ever. Sometime during menopause I started using coconut oil as a lubricant. It's cheap, unscented and as an anti-bacterial agent it prevents UTI's. Perfect! Slather it on ladies - this is one tip you won't forget."
09/13/2012: Angela Kilmartin from Witham,essex, Uk: "Alka Seltzer acts by making the bladder urine alkaline and so removes the mild acidity favoured by invading bowel Coliforms which cause most bouts of bladder infection.
I have always had a three hour management plan for urgent use in my work when twinges begin, not for long term prevention. Its on my site and in my book. Bi carb of Soda which is the ingredient in Alka Seltzer, is no substitute for correct antibiotics once the bacteria are tested. But it will remove pain for a while.
My work lies in simple prevention and has done for 40 yrs now. Having suffered every two weeks for seven years and then some, it fell to a posting in Nigeria to finally find the daily prevention which has now kept me well for thirty years.
Unfortunately, there are many causes of bladder infection and so you need to search for yourself in my literature what is pertinent to your own lifestyle and case.
[NAY] 12/22/2011: Jlkincaid from Fargo, North Dakota : "I tried the alka seltzer remedy too and I ended up in the er with a fever and a severe bladder infection. The pain was so severe that I felt like I was giving birth all over again. I wouldn't suggest to anyone to use the alka seltzer!"Replies
05/06/2012: Dolores from Mansfield, Mo replies: "I had a friend who constant uti, what she discovers was she had a gluten deffeciency, allergic reaction. which cause uti and pain in lower stomach."
[WARNING!] 04/08/2010: Erin from Tuttle, Ok, Usa: "I have suffered from recurring UTI's and kidney infections my whole life. I do all the right things, but my anatomy lends itself to frequent infections. I have been prescribed C***o in the past, a very harsh antibiotic that's given to anthrax patients, many times and was just fed up with having to take so many expensive pills. I got a UTI two weeks ago and decided to try some of the cures on this site. I will admit, Alka Seltzer (taken as directed) almost immediately got rid of my urinary pain. However, 3 days later I was in the emergency room with severe lower back pain, fever, and fatigue. The UTI had traveled to my kidneys. I was "forced" to get a shot of an antibiotic and take a round of antibiotics to get rid of the infection. I am currently doing a detox to remove the toxins from my system, but I just wanted people to know that the Alka Seltzer may make it easier to urinate, but it will not cure the infection."Replies
08/04/2011: Lanell from Houston, Tx replies: "I have four children, 2, 4, 6, 8:):) am very blessed to have my little ones. I am blessed to be in Christ Church " CHURCH OF CHRIST" were I have honestly found all wisdom. Saying that through having years of poor eating habits, much SUGAR, and not enough wTer and veggies. It's no wonder my time has come after my childrens birth Tht my defenses got worse. So through Gods mercy and wisdom. Tried something and it truly relieves, maybe it could help. Try cran apple juice no added sugars, and aloe juice. I found tht as my system got worse too much acidity made it worse. So the aloe juice may create a balance of acidity to the cran juice. Hope it helps. And thanks to God for all the things He has put on this earth for his creation. I wanna study scriptures e-mail me at lanellsiahamilton(at)yahoo.com"
12/01/2009: Michele from Spring Grove, Pa - Usa: "YEA!!!!! I haven't had a bladder infection for years, but got hit with one tonight - of course, after all the drugstores locally were closed . I immediately came to this site as it has been very helpful for other things. First tried the ACV, but the pain was getting worse, along with shakes and chills. Frequent urination with little result and increasing pain finally got me to go wake my husband up and send him to an all night gas station/store for Alka-Seltzer.
By the time he got back, I was nearly on the floor with the pain - and I have a very high pain tolerance. Took 2 tablets in water and then took a hot - steaming hot - shower. By the time I got out of the shower the pain had subsided and I was able to urinate a more normal amount. Took another dose about 2 hours after the first and am also drinking cranberry juice and my normal mix of ACV and honey.
I am absolutely AMAZED at how quickly the Alka Seltzer worked. I'm sending this site link and the info to everyone I know. Thank you so much!!!"
[BETTER BUT NOT CURED] 12/04/2009: Michele from Spring Grove, Pa replies: "Adding to my previous post of 12/01/2009:
Alka-seltzer worked great at relieving the pain and immediate symptoms. However, I want to note very clearly it did nothing for the underlying infection. Continued use of it was actually masking the symptoms while the infection was getting worse.
Today, realizing I was not getting better, I went to my Doctor and ended up on antibiotics.
The Alka-seltzer is GREAT to get you through the night (or day) until you can get to a Doctor - but it will not cure an actual infection. Using it for more than a day or two could actually make things worse.
I'm still glad I used it though - I could not have gotten through the night with the pain I was in and I could go to my Doctor rather than the ER."
12/12/2009: Jerry from Frederick, Md replies: "If you read the ingredients on Alka Seltzer, you can save yourself a lot of wampum. The two active ingredients are aspirin and bicarbonate of soda."
[YEA] 09/22/2011: Chris from Oakland, Ca replies: "I have had a recurring bladder infection for a couple of months, but yesterday after it struck back with a vengeance I got desperate. I got no sleep last night, up at least a hundred of painful times, and could not even get to the bathroom in time so I had to start walking with a towel shoved between my legs. YUCK! This morning I found this thread, and while the person's story about kidney infection is scary, I immediately took two Alka Seltzers, got into a warm bath, and by the *time I got out* I was peeing normally. I'll go to the doc. But I'm amazed. How can it possibly work that fast??"
01/21/2012: Nonie from Toronto, Ontario, Canada replies: "After years suffering with UTIs that have crippled me with pain I have realized how to treat them AND to understand what helps and why.
Alka-seltzer was the first remedy that helped me. My bladder infections cause me to bloat so parents and doctors thought it was gas. Alkaseltzer every day and the pain was gone. It turns out that this is because it changes the acidity of the urine. It alkalinizes it, as does bicarbonate (baking soda), for a period of time after taking it. This helps with pain but it will not cure the underlying infection unless the pain is due to overly acidic urine, and not a true infection. Alkaline urine can actually assist an infection in spreading.
Cranberry juice does the exact opposite. It renders the urine more acidic. This does not help with pain for me at all, but it ensures that bacteria can't grow and hence it's more of a long term approch. But it must be pure, unsweetened cranberry juice or pills, and no apple or other sugary juice in it. Sugar feeds any infection in the body. I prefer the pills if I take it, but I prefer other methods that I feel work better.
Probiotics ensure the body has the proper intestinal and urinary and reproductive bacteria and is a great preventative. The best is bio K, after that I like the pearl brand - extra strength.
Instead of salt, I use miso. It's naturally salty and also loaded with probiotics and minerals because it's fermented. You add it to hot, not boiling water and drink as a broth. It's tasty and better for you than commercial yogurt, some of which is pasturized after they add the probiotics, and most of which has sugar added.
Regarding recurring infections, there are triggers I have found in myself and don't know if they apply to others. Sexual activity, sugar, orange or citrus juice - even fresh pressed, dehydration, and coffee or tea or any caffeinated drink. The reason caffeine brings it on is that it dehydrates the body and you have to drink so much more water to compensate.
Lastly, antibiotics NEVER work for me to clear it completely. They are garbage, in my opinion. I use colloidal silver as an antibiotic, and it works better. But I use it for at least three weeks when I get it. The reason people get them in repeatedly in a short time frame, as in my case, is sometimes because the infection is not actually gone. It can be low grade and they don't pick it up on their tests at the doctor's office but in a week you have a bonafide infection again. I am sure I had low grade infections for years. Here's what helped:
Tincture of marshmallow root, uva-ursi, and goldenseal or drink marshmallow root or slippery elm powder and take goldenseal tincture. I do this as needed throughout the day when I have any signs of infection, even just the urgency. An epsom salt hot hot bath with a drink of bicarbonate in water for pain management. Colloidal silver for a full blown infection, with the above. I can't touch citrus juice or caffinated dinks if I have any sign of infection, and I have to drink 12 glasses of water a day. I always use probiotics and take miso regularly. I take zinc supplements (picolinate works best for me) daily, and I do not use any soap but Dr. Bonner's liquid soap diluted. Oil of oregano did not work for me, but olive leaf at the same time as colloidal silver helps. I also drink pau d'arco tea at night on a regular basis, which is an antifungal and will really help if yeast is involved.
Vitamin C did nothing noticable either way, but I take 3000mg night and day for other purposes. I do not know if it helps.
The herbs and natural remedies can be gotten at health food stores. There are no exact amounts to use... I just take what I think and if that doesn't work, try a bit more. As with any med, the dose has to be in the therapeutic range to work. This is my cumulated knowledge after 20 years suffering and then studying holistic nutrition. Hope it helps someone!"
10/02/2009: Rice from Nyc, Ny: "a lot of people asking for the alka seltzer cure for uti - i googled it and you take it as directed on the box - 2 tablets in 4 oz od water. should work in 1/2 hour, many recommend taking 2-3x the day you have symptoms. happy to help and cheers!"Replies
[YEA] 09/24/2013: It Works! from Albany, Oregon replies: "I have suffered with UTI's for about 20 years. I have had procedures that were very painful because the doc recommended them, however nothing worked. I had a urologist tell me that half of his patients carried anitbiotics in their purse to take when needed. This was a scary situation to be in because I wondered what would happen the day the antibiotics didn't work for me. I think I would slit my throat... Kidding. But, my last UTI incident I was out of pills so I attempted to go to the urgency clinic but could not get in because they were only taking acute patients with severe problems. When I got home, I told my husband that I could not get in to see the doc. He had read about the Alka Seltzer. Well, had nothing to loose so I took 2 that night and by morning I felt much better. I now take one Alka Seltzer per week for maintenance and have not had another UTI incident for one year. It has truly worked for me and highly recommend it."
09/25/2013: Joanvirginia from Chantilly, Va replies: "I've had exceptional results preventing and relieving UTIs with baking soda. Dissolve a 1/2 teaspoon in a glass of water and drink it a few times during the day. I've gone from pain to relief in no time at all! No need to purchase Alka Seltzer."
05/12/2009: Susan from Edmonton, Alberta Canada: "I am frustrated trying to find the exact remedy for alka seltzer for bladder infections. All these people talk about it as if its listed on your sight but no place can I find the exact instructions. Please send the instructions of how to take alka seltzer for bladder infections. Or tell me where it is on the sight- but I can`t find it anywhere."Replies
07/02/2009: DebbyM from Banning, CA replies: "Alka Seltzer is a fast acting aspirin. It will not cure your infection. It will reduce the pain."
09/14/2009: Fran from Philadelphia, Pa, Usa replies: "Could someone publish the Alka Seltzer remedy for UTI's? I can't find it anywhere. Thanks. Fran"
[YEA] 05/04/2009: Kishore from London, Essex UK: "i have had recurrent uti as i am a diabetic. i read about the alka seltzer remedy on your site and tried it. Next morning my symptons had gone. can not believe it. Have been on antibiotics for weeks and having tried this simple remedy did the trick. Thank you"Replies
04/04/2011: Big Dave from Riverside, Calif. Usa replies: "Any time you use anytype of antibiotic medicine... You must put acidolphulus back in your system... I was on extream antibiotics for two months as an infection kept setting in on my left foot ( a bone piece was causing havoc in my toe, till it finally came out and I have diabetes) now I am ok except I felt really bad, every joint ached for weeks... I didnt know what to do, talked to a friend and he said get acidolpholus (sp?) and overnight it was so much better I was up and going to do all I had missed days before...!!!"
04/04/2011: Big Dave from Riverside, Calif. Usa replies: "Also I forgot... The drinks that keep your kidneys open and runnin Is Grapefruit Juice(fresh preffered)and Cranberry juice that has nothing in it but straight juice... Mixed together it is a wonderful drink for any diabetic... Now you as a diabetic need Chromium... This is the diabetics FRIEND.... It will keep your bloodsugar in check... It may take a month to work but you will see it in your blood checks with your meter... Gluco sure is a brand name, check with a good health food store that sells suppliments... Ok... ? God Speed"
[YEA] 02/27/2009: Shannon from Litchfield, IL: "I was suffering from a terrible bladder infection and I just couldn't stand it anymore. I found this site and I first tried the ACV cure first (it had the most number of yeas). It worked okay, but to drink it made me so sick to my stomach. I had to try something else. I found my cure in the form of alka seltzer. I couldn't believe how well and how fast it worked! I would say in about 15 minutes I felt better than I had trying the ACV."
[YEA] 11/09/2008: Sara from Gravette, AR: "I woke up this morning with a bladder infection. Didn't want to go to the doctor so I took a chance to find something online that would help so I type in home remedies. I at first, drank acv with baking soda then I drank water with lemon in it. Then I drank water with the alka selter. I felt a little bit better. Than I went to the bathroom and their was blood. (PAINFUL!) I went and drank another water with alka seltzer. I was scared to go to the restroom thinking I was going to scream again but It was better. Alot. No blood this time.Then I continued to drink serveral (didn't coun't) maybe 3 or 4 more water with alka selter. I am feeling alot better! I CAN NOT THANK YOU ENOUGH!!!!! ~~~Sara Smith~~~"
EC: Urine in the blood can indicate one of many conditions. Read more here: http://www.emedicinehealth.com/blood_in_the_urine/page2_em.htm#Causes of Blood in Urine
07/06/2011: Barbara Ann from Ada, Ok replies: "I am in severe pain. I cry every time I use the restroom. Im taking 3 antibiotics, cranberry, pills, probiotic, azo and ibuprofen. Ive been to the emergency room also. Im not getting any better it seems. Does this really work? this is my first uti. What am I doing wrong?"
07/06/2011: Gavin from Manganui, Northland, New Zealand replies: "I just read that MSM has had an approval from the FDA. For fighting bladder infections.. Since its the only thing the FDA has given its approval for regarding MSM. They seem to be a bit late at the party. Any way get some down you pretty quick."
07/07/2011: Lily from Brisbane, Queensland, Australia replies: "Hi Barbara Ann, You really should be taking baking soda in water to alkalize your urine as well as the other products you are using. They sell special urinary alkalizers in the pharmacy where you got your antibiotics. Put between 1/2 - 1 tspn of baking soda in a glass of water. Hope this helps. Lily."
07/07/2011: Debbie from Melbourne, Australia replies: "Also putting 1/2 cup sea salt in a bath of hot water to which you bathe for at least 20 minutes helps with a bladder infection."
07/07/2011: Oscar from Syracuse, New York, Usa replies: "There is always good old cranberry juice. It worked for me when no antibiotics did. I don`t see how it can hurt. You want pure cranberry juice and not the so called cranberry juice cocktails. I was prescribed this treatment as 3 cups per day of pure cranberry juice by a VA doctor after trying every antibiotic available and it worked for a chronic urinary tract infection when nothing else did. It cleared the infection in about one week for me....Oscar"
07/07/2011: Bess from Calgary, Alberta, Canada replies: "Hi Barbara - Here's some information on using D-mannose for bladder or kidney infections. It's by alternative health expert Dr. Jonathan Wright. You can get D-mannose at most health food stores - I'm sure they can order it in if it isn't in stock.
Here's an excerpt:D-mannose is very safe, even for long term use, although most women (or the very occasional man) with single episodes of bladder or urinary tract infection will only need it for a few days at most. Although D-mannose is a simple sugar, very little of it is metabolized. It doesn't interfere with blood sugar regulation, even for diabetics. It creates no disruption or imbalance in normal body microflora. It's safe even for pregnant women and very small children.
If you read the comments after the article, you'll find how it's helped people. Cheers, Bess"
07/07/2011: Bette With A Pebble from Nj, Usa replies: "Uva Ursi worked for me (Thank you Ted). I used up one two-ounce bottle of the liquid over the course of a day and a half by taking two teaspoons approximately every five hours (during normal waking hours) on an empty stomach. It does taste terrible. Also used Alka Seltzer original as needed for the pain; only needed two separate doses. Also used the sea salt as recommended by Ted.
For maintenance I now take a good probiotic, olive leaf, and lots of stuff that Ted recommends. Please, everyone, look back at the older posts, from Ted in particular, they are priceless when you are in pain.
Check out Ted's old post from 2005:
TED'S REMEDIES 03/23/2005: Ted from Bangkok, Thailand writes: "There are other herbal preparations that can be helped with UTI and they are taken usually 4 times a day:
1. Uva Ursi. Has antimicrobial and research has support its traditional use, usually 1-2 teaspoon of the herb.
2. Goldenseal Root. Also long known as a strong antibacterial agent to be used as tea or 1 teaspoon of dried herb in a cup of water.
3. Althea officianalis, used as cold infusion soaked in cold water and drink.
4. Galium aparine (cleavers) Has long history of use and taken with tea.
5. Zea Mays (Corn silk). Diuretic.
6. Buchu - Diuretic and antiseptic properties.
7. Equisetum arvense (Horsetail) - Diuretic, astringent and healing properties.""
07/07/2011: D From Canada from Waterloo, On, Canada replies: "I have the same problem!
I really don't know what to do anymore. Last year I was 7 times on antibiotics for UTI and this year 5 times already. I did do all medical tests, all is perfect. I had a procedure-a camera into my uretra-ouch, and that doctor told me I am unlucky. I will not see him again.Cranberry did not help, d-manose did not help, goldenseal did not help, teas with uva-ursi and marshmallow root, not helping. I have to refill my antibiotics because if I have a little discomfort when I pee and I still hope that is only my imagination, in hour time I have blood in my urine. I am very clean. Tried ACV with baking soda, and I vomit 10minutes later. ACV is OK by itself for me. If Ted(btw, I am on this website for two years already to try to cure this UTI and I see that are lots of wonderfull people with knowledge and willing to share ) or anyone else who has an advise please do share. My doctor put me on Premarin-estrogen) thinking that maybe I am dry and iritated. I inserted two doses of cream and after reading how this medication comes to us I decided to stop. My diet is mostly veg. And fruits, very seldom fish. No dairy! Thank you"
07/07/2011: Gavin from Manganui, Northland, New Zealand replies: "With regards to bladders. Dont forget they need zinc, far more than any other area of the body, that includes the reproductive system as well.. You can take all the herbal wonders in the world but if the essential elements are not in the body, they will just be builders waiting for the cement to arrive."
07/08/2011: Francisca from Michelbach-le-bas, Alsace, France replies: "I used to have bladder infections a few years ago but not anymore. I did several things, I started drinking more water because I noticed that if it was very hot and I didn't drink enough I would get one. I also started peeing and washing myself after intercourse, I do it every time now. And using lube..... When I did a kidney and bladder scan to see if I had any problem, which I didn't, the doctor told me to wash myself with a French soap called Savon de Marseille which I have been doing ever since. No idea what helped exactly, maybe several things? By the way, I eat normally, fish, meat, eggs, everything except milk which I don't like! I hope this advice helps you because bladder infections are awful! And the antibiotics are awful too! By the way, peeing at regular intervals helps too, don't keep the urine inside! The cranberry pills or juice never helped me but I do take quite a bit of Vitamin C."
07/08/2011: D From Canada from Waterloo, Canada replies: "Thank you, Francisca, for your advise. You are very nice! I am doing the lube, pee and wash every time. Somehow I can not get rid of this bacteria.
The last urine test did show lots of white cells (infections) but no growth on the culture. I will stop having fruits for breakfast for a while to see if I feel a change. Maybe the sugar from fruits is the culprit. And, OMG, I loved my breakfast- juiced all king of berries with hemp/chia/flex seed, milk thistle, clorela, kelp, and a pinch of clove powder.
I will replace the fruits with vegetables to see.... I do not take vit C. Should I? I take: multivitamin, asthaxantin, D3, q10, b12, probiotic and baby aspirin 1/day. I need to find the source of keeping this bacteria still alive.
07/08/2011: Ti from Houston, Usa replies: "Some things that helped solve my bladder infection and which may help you are:
- Cranberry capsules
- Garlic (raw or from olive bar) 3-4 times dily 4-5 cloves each time
- 2 Tb ACV in 8 Ounces warm water 3 tie daily (away from meals)
- Good quality probiotics daily
- Yoghurt with active cultures
Changing underwear 3 times daily."
07/10/2011: Francisca from Michelbach-le-bas, Alsace, France replies: "Hi D, I stopped having bladder infections before I started on the Vitamin C, so I can't tell you whether it helps but it won't hurt as Vitamin C is a very important supplement! Nowadays if I get any it is once a year and I cure it with either a lot of water or else, if that doesn't help, three days of antibiotics, not the ten days they usually recommend here (this lower dose was recommended to me by a doctor). Filling yourself with antibiotics will only make things worse. I don't know your age but with me the lube really helped as I started noticing that I never had any bladder infections if I wasn't in a relationship, so it had to be related. I think vaginal dryness also causes them. And washing myself with a very neutral soap, the recommended one being Savon de Marseille but that is a very French thing, you might not be able to find it. Usually you are told not to use soap but well, that was recommended to me by the doctor who did the kidney, bladder scan. He also suggested that the infections might be caused by the soap I used to wash my underwear which changed when I came to live in France but I don't believe that because I had had one years earlier in Holland, where I had lived for a number of years already and one in the USA where I didn't live and was just visiting for a short while, so washed no clothes. You have to try everything and find what works for you! "
05/21/2012: "Hi D, It sounds like you may be getting UTI's from a yeast overgrowth in your system.... Cut all carbs! Esp. Wheat! And no sugar... Use pure xylitol. Cut all fruit except for papaya. Maybe research more into candida overgrowths."
06/05/2012: Superearthmama from Salt Lake City, Utah replies: "I have been plagued my whole life with UTI's; possibly an unfortunate side effect of abuse I experienced as a young child. I am 38 weeks, 5 days pregnant with my 3rd child and after 5 series of antibiotics just in this pregnancy alone I got extremely fed up with doctors telling me to try one more antibiotic. I have tried ACV, d-mannose, essential oils, homeopathics, and on and on. They all seemed to help (even more than the antibiotics ever did) to some extent. However, after learning that I still have a UTI (I rarely have symptoms, but the cultures look awful) and I am also GBS (group B strep) positive I am furious that modern medicine doesn't seem to have a clue how to help me get and stay healthy. (Just a side note- the only time my urine culture came back with very significantly reduced levels of bad bacteria was when I started using natural methods. )
I believe that almost anyone can find a natural remedy (quite likely on this site) that will effectively treat a UTI when used properly and for the right amount of time. But, I've been working hard to find answers as to how to create a more permanently healthier state for my body so that I don't have to constantly treat infections. I have also been diagnosed with bipolar disorder, been on poisonous prescription medications for a few years (but my body ultimately rejected them when I got pregnant this time- I had to stop them to even be able to move without pain or be awake more than 3-4 hours/day), and ultimately I wanted a solution that could treat my overall health. A lifestyle plan is what I was looking for. There is loads of lifestyle advice out there, especially for diets, and much of it seems like it comes from competent, unbiased sources. Be warned, what I am going to tell you might sound crazy to some of you. But for those who would at least have an open enough mind to give it a try or at least research it, I hope this helps.
Now, there are common sense aspects to a healthy lifestyle that I think we all can generally agree with. These include: healthy sleep habits (which I personally think vary at least a little from human to human); being active (whether that means daily exercise or simply just moving around a lot, it should be obvious that movement is healthy for humans); and living as peacefully as possible (anyone in denial that healthy human spirituality & emotion are very vital to our physical well being is truly crazy- it even has scientific backing to it- I could go into depth, but I'm just going to hope that you all understand what I mean). I am not one that only wants what has been scientifically proven or established, but I do very much appreciate information that has been at least analyzed in a scientific matter. I like to start with intuition & common sense ideas, move on to research an idea or topic, see how it may or may not be validated, and then make a final decision based on the information I gather & my intuition.
I have just recently come across this information, but I feel so strongly about it that I can't help but share it. For those of you that believe in spiritual guidance by a higher force or being, you may especially appreciate how I came across the information. I wasn't even looking for it at the moment. I was actually on a classifieds ads list on my phone looking for a dresser for my baby. For some reason, something I must have seen or heard made me think of my days in high school when I was an FFA member. I gained the desire from FFA to raise some kind of livestock, but my home was not zoned for that. Ever since then, I've sort of fantasized about having a small farm, or at least a large garden. (I realize farming is hard work- my mom raised pigs growing up- but I have always sensed that she missed it. That must mean it had some significant intangible reward to it. ) Anyway, I started looking at the livestock section of the classifieds. The next thing I knew, I was googling about dairy cows just out of curiosity.
Then I came across a website (not sure if I can actually outright tell you the sight, but I'll give enough clues that you can find the info that is important), it had "real" and "milk" in the address. Anyway, I checked it out, clicked on some of the links. Basically, I spent about 30 hours of the next week researching the topic. I'm not one to just believe what I hear or read. I'm probably overly skeptical, but I think that's better than overly gullible. Anyway, after learning about traditional diets and the studies of Weston A. Price, I am pretty convinced that a lot of our health problems nowadays could be very easily addressed by considering the powerful information gathered by Mr. Price. There are a lot of people & organizations (many are govt organizations- I'm not inclined to be a conspiracy theorist however) that have, are and will continue to try to tear down the information you will find if you look at the studies of Dr. Price, but I can tell you from an inside perspective (I am personally related to several lobbyists that work for the people that benefit from you being misinformed) that they have a lot of motive to keep the general public from very well founded information. You will learn though that there are a lot of other people starting to see how our freedom to choose what we eat has and is being threatened. Thanks to honest, true scientists and agriculturists, there is good research out there and hope for the future.
For your sake, the sake of your family and all those out there that suffer with any ailment due to the modern diet, please take the time to research the information. Have an open mind, but you don't have to accept it at first wim. The best knowledge we can gain is earned and comes from unselfish sources. I don't think that those fighting against traditional diets are always bad people (the majority are very good and even well meaning people), but they are misinformed and often want to believe the information they are given because it benefits them in some way. Basically, they have demonized not only safe foods, but healing, amazing foods (such as raw milk- which has already done wonders for me & healed many others- however, there are 2 types of raw milk- do the research so you know which is which). Even if you choose to never drink raw milk or eat grass-fed meats or whatever, you should be informed of how wasted tax dollars (in most every country) are on controlling our food choices to the extent that it is only hurting people- not keeping them safe. I also recommend watching a documentary that combines the words "farm" and "armageddon". It will open your eyes, unless you are already too blind."
08/13/2013: Missmary from Anthem, Az replies: "I am replying to 'superearthmama's' post regarding UTI's and farm-fresh milk and grass fed livestock. You are so right on the money! We are being poisoned not only from the drugs the FDA approves, and the food on the shelves at the grocery store, they are now trying to ban supplements that heal and keep us healthy. It does sound that the good Lord was directing you to what you needed to read and know for yourself and your family and have you share your knowledge of what you have learned to help others. I wish too that more people would listen to what I have to say about it. Kudos to you, and..... Stay informed!"
[YEA] 11/05/2008: RO from New York, New York: "for Urinary Tract infections use Alka Seltzer the original - it works!"Replies
03/08/2009: Gaye from Myerstown, Pa., U.S.A. replies: "How often do you take the ALKA SELTZER when you have a U.T.I.?"
[NAY] 10/17/2008: London from Sandusky, Ohio: "Alka Zeltzer did not work for my UTI. I did it for a couple of days, didn't work at all."
[YEA] 12/16/2007: Dana from Fort Worth, Texas: "Hi! I had the definate beginnings of a UTI last night, and it was getting worse. I took magnesium and zinc, tried to drink sea salt in water (didn't make it too far, since burning pee is bad enough w/o drinking an emetic), and then took the alka seltzer. So, it could've been a combination of these remedies, but as soon as I took the alka seltzer it was GONE. Woo-hoo! Just thought it needed more emphasis as a possible remedy, it's something you might have around the house (b/c these things always seem to hit at night! Why is that?!), and it won't hurt anything to give it a try, as compared to trying to drink salt water or ACV, either of which to me are worse than the infection. Oh, and I just remembered I also drank some lemon juice in water last night, so maybe that helped some too. Hope this helps somebody!"
[YEA] 08/12/2007: Mari from Santa Cruz, CA: "After drinking a whole bottle of 100% cranberry juice to cure a bladder infection, I tried the Alka-Seltzer cure I read about on this web-site. It worked almost immediately! Thank you for supplying this useful information."
[YEA] 06/05/2007: TINA from OAK PARK, MICHIGAN: "I RECENTLY HAD A UTI THAT WENT FROM URGENCY TO PAIN COMPLETE WITH BLOOD IN URINE IN LESS THEN 30 MINUTES. I IMMEDIATELY LEFT WORK AND WENT TO PURCHASE SOME ALKA SELTZER. TOOK TWO TABLETS DISSOLVED AS INSTRUCTED AND DRANK IT. IT ALMOST INSTANTLY RELIEVED THE PAIN, BURNING, AND PRESSURE I FELT. IT WORKS!!!!!"Replies
[YEA] 06/23/2008: Lia from Atlanta, GA replies: "yes, it works right away!! just tried the original alka seltzer and soooo glad i did. well worth a try!!"