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Apple Cider Vinegar Cure for Bladder Infections

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Posted by Elizabeth (New York, Ny) on 01/30/2010
5 out of 5 stars

I was having another episode with my recurring urinary tract infection and I remembered my co-worker informing me that her sister drinks acv and swears by it. So, I had my husband go and buy me a bottle. I boiled a cup of water and 2 tsp of acv.

I could not believe it half way through I started feeling immediate relief.

Posted by Kaliskaphoenix (Ville, Kentucky) on 11/27/2009
5 out of 5 stars

Apple Cider Vinegar for UTI

I have had many UTIs since I was 18, and I am now 20. So when I experienced burning urination on thanksgiving day, I knew what I was in for. Unfortunately, seemingly all of the immediate care clinics in my area were closed, and in an attempt to avoid sitting in the ER which would have been my only medical option, I searched for natural remedies.

Cranberry juice works perfectly fine for preventing UTIs, but once it has actually onset it doesn't seem to do any good, at least by itself. I read all of the recommendations for apple cider vinegar on this site and decided to give it a try. I took 2 tablespoons and then 2 more about 3 hours later. I also took some alka seltzer for pain relief, and some vitamin C and a cranberry supplement pill just for good measure, and drank endless amounts of water and cranberry juice.

I felt some relief that night. Although urination was somewhat painful, it wasn't as unbearable as it had been earlier in the day. I woke up once throughout the night having to pee, and aside from that I slept all the way through the night. The next morning I felt 100% better, and I was completely back to normal. I plan on continuing to take 2 tablespoons 2-3 times a day for the rest of the week to feel confident that the infection is completely gone.

Apple cider vinegar does taste terrible, but personally I didn't feel like it was any worse than trying to down a shot of cheap liquor. I would definitely have another drink to wash it down with though.

Posted by Annie (Old Hickory, Tennessee, USA) on 11/02/2009

Please help, I have been faithfully giving my family organic ACV for about a year now. So far, it as help my family but I am stumped at something. MY six year old daughter came down with a high fever for a week, no other symptoms other than high fever and lethargy. She also has a greenish tone to her skin. Took her to doctors and she tested negative for H1N1 and Strep. She did not have any pain when urinating or anything but took a urine test and found tons of puss in urine and a bit of blood. We put her on antibiotics and fever went down and she is feeling much better. O.K. the weird thing is that I have also come down with a bladder infection and am antibiotics. I have religiously taken Organic ACV and I also thought bacterial infections like bladder infectious are not contagious. I am confused and I am wondering if that is all it is, a bladder infection. If so, how can we get that when we our all taking shots of ACV with water morning and night. Should I be worried something else is going on?

I love Earth Clinic and try to follow the remedies but it is disappointing to be taken ACV for over a year now and come down with a bacterial bladder infection, it kinda took the air out of my sails. My children hate the taste of ACV and I tell them how good it is for them and then when they get sick and nothing helps but antibiotics I can't help but start to question what I m doing. So many people out there want to tell you that your kids need vaccines and drugs and etc... and I don't want to do use them but it is hard. Any suggestions out there?

Annie form Tennessee

Replied by Joyce
Joelton, Tn
516 posts

Hello Annie from Tennessee,

Sorry you and your daughter are sick and glad to hear that she is much better. You didn't say whether there are any males in your household and whether they also came down with UTI's about the same time as you and your daughter. There are some bacterial infections you can catch (bladder infections in particular can start from below) and travel up the short urethra on the female, but usually not with the male, which is why your doctor is more concerned with the male's UTI than the females (also they are less likely to get an infection from faulty wiping than females).

The first thing I would suspect in UTI's in multiple family members is something in the water or other drinks consumed. but this should hit both sexes, if there are males in your household. So my first question is did your water supply look peculiar, smell peculiar, or taste peculiar in the week or two before these problems started.

Hopefully your doctor did a urine culture and sensitivity on both you and your daughter. Be sure and ask him/her (the receptionist should be able to handle that) for a copy of both the C&S results. Believe me, it is simpler to mail a copy than it is to try to write down some of these crazy sounding infections while someone else is spelling them over the phone.

Off hand I can not recall any infection that might give one's skin a greenish tone, (have seen a greenish discharge from external otitis (pseuodmonas which is often called swimmer's ear) and I seriously doubt that ACV could color the skin any color but the color of ACV. However I have been told that taking a lot of colloidal silver will turn your skin blue. My son said he saw a man on TV (just now asked him what shade of blue he was and he said "he looked like a smurf, dark blue") that was attributed to his taking colloidal regularly for a long time. Apparently the only problem he had from it was the color of his skin, but apparently no one had been able to come up with any way to return his skin to normal color.

I do have two suggesions for both you and your daughter. If you are using bubble bath, STOP! It has been known to cause bladder infections, and anything that infects the bladder can possibly travel up the ureters to the kidneys. Fortunately, the blaldder infections let us know that we have them in a hurry, but kidney infections can sneak up on you and just about kill you before you know you have them.

The other suggestion is for both of you also. Stop drinking carbonated beverages of any kind because they can cause swelling in the kidneys that lets them spill protein in the urine (which is not normal for them to do).

Finally, I have a request. Be sure to have your daughter checked again when those antibiotics are finished to make sure the urine is clear. The recheck may not be necessary if you had a culture and sensitivity report that states the pathogen was sensitive to the antibiotic.

If the skin doesn't return to normal when the infection is gone, some doctor is going to have a time trying to determine the cause, and trying to find a way to return her skin tone to normal. Please keep us informed and I personally would love to know whether both of you had the same pathogen. Deirdre can give you my e-mail address if you'd like.

I just had another thought. Is this your daughter's first UTI or has she had several. I happened to think about a co-worker in the past who was telling me about her 5 year old granddaughter and her having one UTI after another since she was about age 2. Her doctor was stumped as to what was causing it. After discussing the carbonated beverages/bubble bath connections and finding both were negative in her case, I suggested that it probably had an allergic connection and the infection would follow something causing swelling and congestion in the UT and that the best way to find it was for the parents and caretakers to keep a record of everything that the child ate or drank, or even chewin gum, because it was going to be something that the child ate or drank very often triggering the UTI's. Approximately 1-2 months later, my co-worker elatedly said "We found it, we found it". I had forgotten the conversation and replied "I didn't know it was lost. What did you find?" She then floored me when she told me what our family detectives had found triggered the child's UTI's. It was Flintstone vitamins (those cute little dinosaur shaped vitamins that had blue, red, green etc. colored ones in the same bottle). She hadn't had another UTI since they stopped them. Then she said they were very concerned because they felt she needed some vitamins, but how could they find some that wouldn't cause a problem with the kidneys. I told her that I knew you could find adult vitamins that were uncolored and unflavored, but she would probably have to go a health food place to ask if they carried uncolored and unflavored vitamins for children. I was as surprised as they were at the cause - vitamins are supposed to make you healthy, not sick. Happily, she later reported that they did find an unflavored, uncolored vitamin that the child would take and they created no problems.

Replied by Joyce
Joelton, Tn
516 posts

I typed in "any pathogenic infection that can cause a greenish tinge to the skin" web search. The 1st reference was on vet. medicine but was unable to pull anything up on it - just a book ID. Went down & found one on psuedomonas & pulled it up.

Very interesting. Pseudomonas UTI apparently also has a green tinged exudate, and has an odor like wet hay (they don't recommend you deliberately smell it unless you want some of the same pseudomonas infection you're smelling.

Now what I learned is something that EC'ers should know. It seems that dear old pseudomonas (let's shorten this to pseudo) developed resistance to lots of things, including antibiotics, and apparently to the vinegar, since the person answering the questions from spinal cord injury people, said they actually loved vinegar. They also stated that one strain of pseudomonas actually survived in jet fuel. I think that somewhere in the past I mentioned in EC that when I went to work at a new hospital (l960's). We were told by the fellow working in respiratory care that they had discovered that they were spreading the newest scourge in the hospitals in the oxygen equipment (remember old psuedo likes it moist or wet) and the way that they stopped it was by soaking the equipment in 1 part vinegar to 7 parts water solution. You might want to post this link in EC for as an alert. However, it is still doubtful that ingesting the vinegar/water would
cause a pseudo UTI because the hydrochloric acid in the stomach should have killed off the pseudo before it got to the kidneys.

Posted by Ava (New York, Bronx) on 08/17/2009
5 out of 5 stars

Last night I noticed I had frequent urination, with little urine actually being expelled. Blood in my urine, feverish chills, pain in my lower abdomen, basically: Bladder Infection. I had a mild freakout as this has never before happened to me. In an effort to avoid having to see a doctor (I've just switched insurance plans so I didn't even have a PCP) I came to to look for "cures." I saw all the Yays for ACV and, skeptical but with nothing to lose, I took a shot (approx 4oz) of the stuff with a water chaser. (This site is the only reason I even own a bottle. I've used it as a toner with fairly decent results). It was so disgusting and actually painful going down that I wondered if I had just made the situation worse. I used the toilet a few more times, noticing more blood than was previously there, still painful. About 30 min later, my roommate took me to the emergency room. I was signed in, and went to use the restroom again. Less blood, still painful. No fever this time. As we were sitting there chit-chatting and waiting to be seen, I suddenly realized that I hadn't had the urge to urinate in over 15 minutes. This was VERY surprising since, before the ACV, I had to urinate about once every 2-3 minutes. In another 15 min I was asked to give a urine sample and this time my urine flowed so freely that I filled the entire cup! (Sorry to be so graphic but these were, for me, the determining factors to the efficacy of ACV). No nausea, no pain!!! I couldn't believe it! There was however a tiny bit of blood left but honestly, with the way I had felt all night I couldn't have cared less. I thought I was cured but my roommate convinced me to err on the side of caution and get some antibiotics anyway. I will continue to take my antibiotics as recommended by the doctor.

I don't claim to have been cured by ACV as a bladder infection is serious business but I can definitely attest to the pain-relieving, possibly even flushing qualities of this miraculous (and natural!) healing liquid!

Please note: I used Raw, Organic, Unfiltered Apple Cider Vinegar.

Warning: it is totally disgusting when it goes down so you may want to dilute it first. :)

I love this site and have been reading it for over a year now! This was the most serious problem I've used any of the remedies for and it worked beautifully!

Replied by Jen
El Paso, Texas
4 out of 5 stars

I had painful and a loud sweet smelling urination, classic symptoms of a bladder infection. A could not get a doctors appointment for five days so, knowing the pain would get worse untreated I found this site for a home remedy. Not paying attention to the measurements suggested I mixed about three ounces of ACV with an ounce of flavored bottled water and guzzled it in one shot. It did not agree with my stomach and I felt nauseated. My stomach hurt for bout two hours. Then I noticed that I no longer had the urge to pee. Later when I did go, the odor was gone and the pain was minimal. The next day the pain was gone. CAUTION, the UTI had not gone away! Although I had no symptoms, when I went to the doctor, I was surprised to find out that the lab found A LOT of bacteria and still had to use medicine to cure it.

Replied by Jen
Fairfield County, Connecticut
1 out of 5 stars

I have had a problem for about a week. I doubled up on the D-Manoose and extra water and the feeling of urgency went away (you know when you have to go but nothing comes out). I dont have pain and my urine is clear with no smell but the frequency is still there. I did the baking soda 2x and it seemed better but I started doing ACV yesterday when I did another test strip and I was still positive.

Today I feel like crap and its Christmas so I'll have to wait until tomorrow to pick up the prescription. I am just paranoid about this traveling to my kidneys. For me it seems the D-Manoose works well as a preventative but once an infection is settled in there it doesn't work as well. Maybe I didn't drink enough water because some of you are downing gallons and I just can't seem to drink that much!! I'm still doing the ACV because I figure it can't hurt. I guess antibiotics 1 or 2x per year isn't too bad.

Posted by Christie (Bossier City, LA) on 07/20/2009
5 out of 5 stars

I had an uncle who always took 2 tbsp of ACV every morning straight. I thought this could be the grossest thing strictly on taste alone and most people would agree. My uncle never got sick and I always wondered why. While researching for weight loss on another web site I saw that ACV can help so I did more research on ACV. Now I have not actively done the weight loss ACV diet so I don't know if it works but I did find out that ACV helps on a lot of other things. Still I could not get over the thought of the potential taste.

Unfortunately I have recently come down with a constant sensation of urination undiagnosed I figure it could be a UTI as I have had them in the past. So I came to this site to read on UTI's. A lot of people have yeas for ACV and here's one more but it is modified. Within minutes of me drinking this my sensation to constantly urinate has subsided. I hope this helps some people.

2 tbsp of ACV
2 dashes cinnamon (as I did not measure I would say about 1 to 2 teaspoons)
a pinch of salt (I find kosher salt is the best)
sugar (about an equal amount to the cinnamon)
8-10 oz of HOT water
mix well and sip till gone

Now the cinnamon will not melt and sometimes will seem chalky, if you leave a spoon in glass so you can stir before you drink each time this will not be bothersome. Ideally what this drink should taste like is just like a hot glass of Apple Cider that you would purchase from the store. If it has been made right there will be no vinegar flavor. I have made this drink a couple of times and had to modify it sometimes but basically the salt kills the vinegar flavor and the cinnamon and sugar makes it sweet. So if you still taste vinegar add salt but if it tastes salty add sugar and cinnamon. Oh and by the way if you want the weight loss ACV diet its the same drink but has to be done everyday before you eat. Once again I have not done the diet so I cannot tell you if it gives results.

Hope this helps!

Replied by Bweez
Santa Maria, Ca

Answer to ACV recipe - wouldn't honey be better than sugar? I'm going to make it right now. I have a terrible UTI. Trying to resist antibiotics. thx

EC: Yes, honey is typically used in apple cider vinegar recipes.

Replied by Mallory
Salt Lake City, Ut

Having recieved my second bladder infection with blood in urine and all the bells and whistles in 2 months, after further improving care after sex. I still had the dye and the antibiotics leftover as a precuation, little did I know that I'd be using them so soon.

Having been exhausted by cranberry juice and a disasterous attempt at baking soda. I thought I would try ACV, the recipe given here is like Christmas in a cup and makes it very tolerable to take. Having been sipping the mixture for the last 10-15 minutes, I already feel an improvement and recession of pain and urge to urinate. Having consulted my R. N. Mother I will continue the antibiotics as directed but my vote for the vinegar as a natural remedy is; YEA!

Posted by Maria (Vancouver, Canada) on 06/30/2009
5 out of 5 stars

Okay, I was a little skeptical but desperate as I can't take antibiotics. Began with 2 tbsp in an 8oz glass of water. I can't stand the taste of the acv, so I now just down a shot glass of the acv then chase it with a glass of water. Painful urination started to subside in about an hour. I also dabbed some on after urinating, which stung for the first few minutes but really took away the pain in less than 1/2 an hour. Thank God. Much easier. I continued for every 2 to 3 hours everyday. Don't forget to keep taking it even after you think you are better for at least a day or two after or it will creep up back on you as you may be not have completely gotten rid of the infection (I found that out the hard way). Cut down on sweets and caffeine. Sugar just feeds the bacteria, and coffee just seems to aggravate the bladder somehow. Also drink lots of cranberry juice and take Vitamin C.

Replied by Connie
Manitowoc, Wisconsin

Chocolate seems cause painful urination and bladder with me, in addition to coffee and tea. Somewhere it was mentioned that the ph of urin may cause painful crystals. And something to do with copper...?

Posted by Kristy (Los Angeles, CA) on 06/24/2009
0 out of 5 stars

ACV is a natural diuretic--I took it for a few days to help with a bladder infection (4 tbsp. with raw honey in a tall glass of water, 2x per day). But since I didn't increase my water intake enough to account for the increased ACV intake, I became very dehydrated, to the point of confusion and dizziness. Be very careful to increase your water consumption when taking ACV.

Posted by Bex (South Florida, USA) on 05/25/2009
5 out of 5 stars

Apple Cider Vinegar for a bladder infection:

I get chronic bladder infections. I've always just gone to the doctor who (after lecturing me on how to wipe my backside after going to the bathroom - like I could really be 40 years old and not know how to wipe my own butt??!) has given me an antibiotic to take care of it. In desperation I looked up natural remedies and found your page here. I laughed out loud when I saw that people were chugging and sitting in apple cider vinegar.

But then I kept reading, account after account of people who felt better after having done so. Putting my better judgment aside I went to the kitchen and knocked back a shot of ACV. Tasty? No. Not even a little bit.

Just for good measure I also put a little on a cotton ball and dabbed it on right after I had urinated.

Here I am, about an hour later WITHOUT pain. Truly, I CANNOT believe it. So, sorry for thinking you guys were a bunch of nuts!! Thanks for the wonderful tip!

Posted by Karen (Irvine, CA) on 05/13/2009
5 out of 5 stars

Yesterday I was in extreme pain even though my doctor reported that I didn't have a bladder infection. I feared having to use the bathroom because of the pain. I tried searching for a nature cure since I am currently breastfeeding and came across this site. I had ACV in my fridge because I used it in the past to balance my ph, so I drank a quarter cup of straight ACV (YUCK) and it worked!! This is day two and I bought ACV pills since the taste is awful. I have no more pain and will gladly share this remedy with anyone suffering as I have for many years with UTI pain. Thanks

Posted by Barbara (Wellington, New Zealand) on 05/01/2009
5 out of 5 stars

I noticed the early signs of a bladder infection this morning - that sensation you feel when you pee and then the beginnings of the frequent need to urinate. Wanting to avoid antibiotics at all costs I read the comments on this website and decided to take 1 TABLESPOON of organic ACV in approx 1-2 inches of water. At first I took this every 20-30 minutes and then when I felt some improvement, I took it every 40-60 minutes. It's been 5 hours now and my symptoms have greatly improved!! I'll continue 1 tablespoon in a small amount of water every hour probably until I go to sleep. Thank you!!! I was feeling very panicked about having to take antibiotics again because of their side effects and am so relieved that this worked.

Replied by Healthiercure
Palm Beach, Fl, Usa
5 out of 5 stars

About 6 months ago I tried plain white vinegar from the supermarket for a urinary tract infection after seeing it recommended elsewhere on the Internet. Mix small amount, maybe a tablespoon, of white vinegar in about a 1 and 1/2 cups of water. Drank this through a straw because vinegar(ACV or any kind)can be hard on the teeth. Did this twice in one day. It went away and didn't need a doctor visit for antibiotic. Very cheap and so happy because antibiotic side effects make me ill. Also drank a lot of cranberry juice as well.

Posted by Amy (Madison, WI) on 04/15/2009
5 out of 5 stars

I found myself feeling like I was getting a Bladder/UTI infection. Anyone who has had one knows the feeling. So I started pounding water and did organic ACV, 1 T. or so in some warm H2O with a T. or so of Raw honey (so I could drink it down quick). Did that a couple of times the first day. Noticed a big difference in a few hours. Tonight I am drinking more water (way more than I normally drink which is at least 8-8oz. glasses a day) and am going to finish drinking a 2 liter of lite cranberry juice. Also had some Organic ACV on my salad tonight with dinner. Making a big difference. Tomorrow am going to get some acidophiles (ran out of time today). I heard though to stay away from sugar and sweets because it makes the infection worse. So I am not overdoing it on the honey. Anyone else have any advice for this?

Posted by Janet (Cornwall, Ontario Canada) on 04/07/2009

Apple Cidar Vinegar for UTI. This makes sense, yes it is due to the PH level, I am going to try this. I also want ed to ask the lady who said her son's ear infection were cured by garlic???? How so and what do you do for this? PH level are so important, and baking soda, I have been told works Mother use to wash my hair with Apple Cidar Vinigar, she said it restored your healthy shine, she also said it was good to drink, because it restored your body's natural levels....hmmm maybe Momma knew what she was talking about...I will be sure to mention it to her too, Mother's do know best! THANKS, will get back to see if it worked....the thing is I don't have an actual infection more a irritation, which I do get after intercourse, not to be to graphic, but especially after oral, I am wondering if it is just a uproot in my natural enviro....also male sperm is it makes me wonder if it just throws my PH levels off........I am not sure....going to TRY! THANKS!

Posted by Katina (Arnold, Missouri) on 03/19/2009
5 out of 5 stars

I drank a small glass of water with a couple of tablesppons of Apple Cider Vinegar. 3 days of antibiotics and I was still hunched oveer in pain with a uti. I drank the water with my meal and by the time I got up to do the dishes the pain was gone. A couple of days later my urine was clear. Thank you so much.

Posted by Kim (Gaffney, SC) on 03/14/2009
5 out of 5 stars

Hi everyone, I also use ACV for bladder infections. Just had one a couple of weeks ago. I drink as much of it straight as I can stand. I would say 1/4 cup at a time every couple hours. Let that sit in your stomach a little while 1/2 hour, then drink a full glass of water. It is horrible but the reward is amazing. By the next morning it is gone. You can also do the tablespoon in your water several times a day but when I do that the symtoms usually last for three days.

Replied by Lou
Elma, WA
5 out of 5 stars

This message to to Kim in Gaffney, S.C...Kim I've had a bladded/UTI infection since March '09 and its July. I tried the 1/4 cup ACV followed by a glass of water, then 2 hours later I did this again. It worked!! I'm sooo grateful for your post. I refuse to take antibiotics or any RX and this worked to perfection! Thank you so much, Lou

Posted by Kelley (Helena, US) on 03/09/2009
5 out of 5 stars

I just wanted to share this with everyone, I have had chronic bladder infections for years and one day I got one and had no Insurance so I saw that the Apple Cider Vineger helps with multiple problems in the body. It got rid of my infection, every time I get an infection I take a couple of ACV pills and within 6 hours it is gone. Great stuff!