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, 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
- 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 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] 09/14/2012: Dewchild from Matthews, Nc, United States: "I have been a long time "lurker" on Earth Clinic. I first came to the site when I started having frequent UTIs, (monthly for a year) and the doctors were unable to help. I tried it all. Apple Cider, Vitamin C, Cranberry, Water. You name..."
Our readers offer information and opinions on Earth Clinic, not as a substitute for professional medical prevention, diagnosis, or treatment. Please consult with your physician, pharmacist, or health care provider before taking any home remedies or supplements or following any treatment suggested by anyone on this site. Only your health care provider, personal physician, or pharmacist can provide you with advice on what is safe and effective for your unique needs or diagnose your particular medical history.
|Apple Cider Vinegar||78 YEAS|
|Apple Cider Vinegar and Baking Soda||12 YEAS|
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|Alka Seltzer||10 YEAS|
|Sea Salt||8 YEAS|
[YEA] 09/12/2006: Anonymous from Tampa, FL: "I had a really bad bladder infection. While waiting for the date of the Dr. appointment I began to drink 2-3 8oz of 100% Cranberry Juice twice a day and within 3 days, the frequent urination had stopped completely."
[YEA] 06/04/2006: Christina from Silverdale, WA: "When I have problems 'down there' as I call it, I always break out the 100% juice cranberry juice. If you're really brave you can try 100% cranberry juice straight, my sister said it cleared it right up, but tasted awful."
[YEA] 02/01/2006: Joella from NYC: "I drink unsweetened cranberry juice the minute I feel a bladder infection coming on. It usually helps. Best not to add sugar to it, but it is extremely bitter!"
01/23/2011: KF from Los Angeles, California, Us: "I would like to add an item to your ailment section. I know a lot of women are like me and have suffered from Uninary Tract Infections (UTI). After about 5 years of taking anitbiotics every few months because of a problem and having doctors tell me to drink more water and cranberry juice with little success, I finally discovered D-mannose. This is the part of cranberry that keeps the bacteria from sticking to the bladder. I take 1000mg (2 capsules) every 4-6 hours if I notice my urine get cloudy and start to feel discomfort. I do this for three days, with large amounts of fluids (water and juice) and then I can take a maintaince dose of 2 each day. As far as I can tell, your body flushes what it doesn't need and it won't upset your stomach like the acid in the cranberry juice.
As you know, UTIs can happen from a variety of exposure and often from sexual activity. Keeping water intake high keeps the system flushed. Also using the restroom after activies helps flush the urinary tract immediately.
I am surprised you don't have this ailment in your list. It is the one thing I've taken many many antibotics for (stronger and stronger) over the five years before discovering d-mannose as my natural remedy.
I had also looked on the internet many, many times trying to find an alternative to all these Rx solutions. I think many women could benefit from you adding this one to your list.
EC: Actually, we do have it. Click on the title of this and it will take you there.
01/29/2011: K.f. from Los Angeles, California, Us replies: "I see, I was looking for the technical term (UTI) and you had it listed under Bladder. Thanks for adding the UTI link!"
EC: Thanks for mentioning it. It (UTI) was on the ailments page at one point and got overwritten by one of our web designers!
01/23/2011: Lisa from Pleasant Prairie, Wi, Us: "Will taking D-mannose when I do NOT have a bladder infection cause symptoms similar to actually having an infection? One month ago, before I had heard of mannose, I had a bladder infection diagnosed via urinalysis/lab results. I tried treating myself with cranberry, vitamin C, etc... But the pain got too intense and I resorted to antibiotics. After I finished the antibiotics (and lots of probiotics) I continued to take cranberry, then discovered mannose which I began to alternate with the cranberry for maintenance. One week later I started having those old feelings again!
I began the mannose as directed, 2-3 pills 3 times a day for about 4 days. In the meantime, I had a urinalysis that revealed no infection. I still had the heavy, full feeling in the bladder area, worsening as the bladder fills. I have stopped the mannose and the symptoms are lessening leading me to wonder if the mannose caused the symptoms (while no e coli present?). Thanks for reading. Go Packers :)"Replies
01/26/2011: Lynn from Raleigh, Nc replies: "I have had 7 UTI's in the 2 years, which I attribute to too much sex with younger boyfriend. I found out about D-Mannose from a friend last last year. I don't take drugs so I was more than happy to give it a try.
The moment I know I have a UTI, I take 1 teaspoon of the powder and drink 4 -25 oz bottles of water for 2-3 hours... I just keep drinking water and urinating it out. I do this from the early morning until 5 pm. Drinking the water each time I take a teaspoon. Lots and lots of water. It is gone by 8 pm. As a maintenance, I take 1 teaspoon once a week followed by 50 oz of water."
02/03/2012: Kloon from Toronto, Ontario, Canada replies: "I have currently beeing going through something similar. Tried to get rid of the UTI on my own, but ended up taking the antibiotics. For a few days after I finished the anti's, I felt fine/normal. Then I kept getting this pressure feeling, which I had for over a week after. However, I had no other symptoms of a UTI. My friends parent is a pharmasist, and he said that that feeling could actually be from the antibiotics and nothing to do with the UTI. I started taking probiotics and after about 5 days on those the pressure feeling has gotten much much better. It could have actually just been an after-effect of the antibiotics. I have heard great things about d-mannose from a doctor I recently saw and I am going to start taking it everyday as per his directions to help prevent UTI's in the future."
[YEA] 02/14/2012: Stacey from Mesa, Az replies: "D-mannose is the only thing that works for me. Now 3oz powder from Amazon is the cheapest. I always have a bottle on hand. One bottle is about 13 bucks and it takes about a bottle to cure, most of the time a little less than a bottle. If you go to the health food store, it will be triple the price, easy, but still a better option than anything else."
[NAY] 04/19/2012: Krista from Dartmouth, Nova Scotia, Canada replies: "I took D-Mannose to get rid of a bladder infection - I took 1/4 teaspoon every 3-4 hours. I got the WORST gas pains of my life. I kept taking it hoping it would work and it did, however, the next day I was in agony with bladder and kidney pain. It took days for it to go away and I will NEVER EVER take D-Mannose again.
I took the pure powder not pills and I took less than the recommended dose. Afterward I felt like I had a worse bladder infection and kept going to the clinic to get tested for UTI which I do not have - instead I have a painful bladder and kidneys. I have blood in my urine. I got tested for Kidney Stones and I don't have them.
Anyway, for those that notice their symptoms get worse with D-Mannose, it is not your imagination. Some of use just do not respond well to D-Mannose regardless of whether it is a natural product."
[BETTER BUT WITH SIDE EFFECTS] 05/19/2012: Shampoo from Los Angeles, California replies: "I got gas too the first time I took it. Only once tho, and it was pretty bad gas, I was in bed cramping all nite, and in pain. I think I read thats normal. And you have to take ALOT of d mannose, Like in two days Ive finished half the jar, but its actually working for me this time, where in the past, taking smaller amounts, I actually threw it away cuz it didnt do anything. Thats why I ordered another jar. Id say to treat a really bad infection you need to take two jars of d mannose, Im serious."
[YEA] 04/30/2010: Traveler from Santa Barbara, Ca, Usa: "I got turned onto D-Mannose by a former roommate, and while I was sucking down Apple Cider Vinegar straight and water, I was having NO LUCK!
So I bought D-Mannose from the local big-chain health food store for about $35, and while it was expensive, it worked so good and immediately! I ended up getting some $25 stuff off of Amazon, and have used that occasionally if I feel "off" to good effect, though not all the time (like right now I thought I was treating BV and it's not responded expect a little, so I treated it like trich with tea tree oil and coconut oil and that really worked-- but it's only been a few hours.
But yes- D-Mannose is a necessity for a woman's medicine cabinet."
09/01/2010: Tasha from East Coast, Usa replies: "D-mannose 100% works. Not only will it blast a UTI away, but it seems to help with other female problems. Minor yeast, etc. I suffer from chronic volvodynia-like symptoms and this really helps it. Works even better in conjunction with citrical(for oxalate levels)and lots of h20. I highly recommend using the powder as the results are better than with the pills. VERY good stuff."
05/01/2012: Linda from Los Angeles, California replies: "Omg, d-mannose does NOTHING for me. I've tried several times over the years, cuz I'm a chronic UTI sufferer.
This last time, I must have drank a TBSP, in a tall glass of water, every few hours for two days, and no difference, I just got the runs!!!
I wasn't really all that surprised, it's like drinkin sugar water. That's what it is. Some kind of natural sugar that is not metabalized in the body but excreted in the urine. I guess its supposed to bind to the bacteria in the process. I really gave this a good shot, and it didnt work for me."
[YEA] 07/28/2009: IceSeraph22 from Burton, MI, USA: "I have never had UTI before. But when I got it I knew!! I called my mom and got her on the ball. But with all of her wisdom, a hot bath, sea salt, cranberry juice, and some over-the-counter drugs to help with the symptoms, it was the experiences of the people on this site that really made a difference. I went out and grabbed D-Mannose as quick as I could. This progressively helped my condition and in three days of use i was completely healed. Not to be religious. But I was free from pain and bleeding. I know pretty icky but this site keep it real.
I really appreciate this site. and this is not the first time that I have been helped."
[YEA] 07/04/2009: Kiki from San Diego, CA: "I used to get frequent urinary tract infections and was tired of paying $100 to go to the urgent care clinic for another prescription for antibiotics. Then, I read about D-Mannose. It's not an antibiotic because it does not kill bacteria. It is a type of natural sugar that gets excreted through the urinary tract. The sugar prevents bacteria from sticking to the walls of your urinary tract and flushes it away when you urinate. The instructions are on the bottle, but it comes in either tablet or powder form. You take it with a glass of water every few hours. You can use it as a treatment and also as regular prevention if you are the type to get it often. If you want more information, there is a ton on the internet. Many web stores sell it also. This simple treatment saved me a lot of money and a lot of suffering!"
[YEA] 03/20/2009: Kelly from Mississauga, Ontario, Canada: "I got a UTI (urethra) for the first time and the doctor prescribed me a round of Macrobid (antibiotic). I felt extremely sick 12 hours after taking one and almost threw up and had bad diahrrea (gross I know). The doctor wanted to prescribe me a different antibiotic but instead I searched the internet for natural remedies and came up with d-mannose. I bought a brand called ____ (sold here in Canada) from a natural health food store. It wasn't as potent as the supposed ___ brand or ____. It took about 7 days to clear it for good, but it's gone now and when I went back to the doctor a couple of days after taking it she said my infection was "milder and almost gone." She wouldn't attribute this to the d-mannose though. It was better within a couple of days. I started out with 1/2 teaspoon in a glass of water, to make sure I wouldn't have a wierd reaction, about 3-4 times a day. In the first 3 days I recommend 1 teaspoon at least 5 times a day. If you want you can do it every couple of hours for the first day. You can wean yourself off of it, but make sure you take at least a teaspoon a day, when you feel it is gone to make sure. I am amazed! I was also taking apple cider vinegar on and off, but there is so much mixed information about whether you should create an acidic or alkaline environment for the bacteria. I took more baking soda in water too. About a teaspoon in a glass a day. As much as I could drink. The d-mannose helped the most though. I am now passing on it's curative ways to everyone I know. Now I hope ACV works for the cold/flu I have right now."
[YEA] 01/07/2009: Jan from Seattle, Wa: "D-Mannose powder (simple sugar) eliminates urinary tract infection quickly (24-48 hours) and safely by causing the bacteria to be flushed right out of the body with normal urination. D-Mannose is easy to buy, your local Health Food store has it.
It is a shame and unforgivable that doctors are not recommending this product - to people and to pets! I have small 16 years old dog, the dosage I use - 1/2 teaspoon with a little of her favorite treats crumbled in it - 3 times for only 1 to 2 days, and the infection is gone! (No more blood in urine, no rotten smell.) It works like a magic for people and pets! No antibiotic needed!"
07/12/2008: Lore Westphal from Ocala, FL, USA: "I researched where you can get the best D-Mannose: go to: www.tahomadispensary.com. I talked to the Doctor there...they analyse the powder thoroughly and it doesn't come from China either...it's the Best on the market...good luck and God Bless!!!"
[YEA] 10/30/2007: dave L from denver, colorado: "I just wanted to tell your site visitors about how I got rid of my urinary tract infection without taking antibiotics. I am male, 45 yrs old. I took D-mannose pills, 3 pills three times a day for a week and the buning at the tip of the penis persisted, even with drinking a lot of fluids, mostly water and cranberry juice.
I was discouraged because I had only a minor infection in the tip of the eurethra and yet I still couldn't get rid of it. BUT then I tried two teaspoons of 100% natural unbleached sea salt and started getting better immediately.( but it almost made me vomit ...I'm glad I held it down).
I also read at that time that baking soda or alka seltzer could reduce acidity in my system and that seemed to help keep symptoms from creeping back as well. I still think the sea salt which is also alkalizing, unlike regular salt, did the most good.(I also read that it replenishes lost salts and minerals that are unfortunatly washed away becuase of drinking some much fluid.) I kept up the D mannose as well until I felt fine for thee days or so (reducing the # of pills from 3 to 2 to 1 gradually)."
[YEA] 09/05/2007: Jake from Chicago, USA: "D-Mannose cured my urinary tract infection in one day, mostly overnight. I researched on the internet before I knew about earthclinic several months ago and found D-Mannose touted for UTI. My understanding was that it prevented bacteria from clinging to the wall of the bladder thereby helping the bacteria on its way out of your system, and in fact it worked like magic."