Urinary Tract Infection (UTI) is an ailment in which harmful bacteria infects the entire urinary system including the kidneys, the bladder, ureters, and the urethra. There are many different causes if UTI and amongst the common are poor hygiene of the genital area and carelessness during sexual activities. UTI affects both men and women; however it is much more common in women than men.
About 80% of women are infected with UTI at least once in their lifetime a 20% of those 80% will have recurrent UTIs. To a certain degree family history also plays a role in determining a person’s health; however for the most part the blame lies upon the person only.
It is important for both males and females to properly clean their genital parts all the time during showers and baths because improper care can lead to a lot of problems. This is because as it is our genital areas are always covered, closed, and limited to light. Therefore combined with improper hygiene, sweat, and moisture it does provide a perfect environment for infections to thrive in. Cleanliness is of more importance with women because a high percentage of men are circumcised, and even those who are not, the very tiny amounts of left of urine after urination usually get dried off soon.
However in women urine can often persist near the urethra, causing problem. In addition to that during sexual activities it is often that men will be in physical contact with both the vagina and the clitoris of a woman and as such a lot of the vaginal bacteria could move up to the urethra and enter the system. There they will infect the female with UTI. Fortunately if you do happen to diagnose UTI fairly early then there are some home remedies to prevent it from happening and curing it.
Use equal parts of tea tree, frankincence, juniper, sandalwood, and bergamot to make an essential oil that you can gently rub all over your bladder area. This is a very effective remedy and you need to continue to do this for about three to four days in order to allow the pain to subside. The oil created from this mixture is very healthy and soothing to the skin as well. The point of this home remedy is to reduce pain and other discomforting symptoms of the infection, but not the infection itself.
Drinking Excess Water and Fluids
It cannot be stressed enough how important it is to drink a lot of water and have a substantial amount of liquid intake. This includes all types of liquids like water, juice, fruit shakes, even soft drink, but not alcohol. This is because having a lot of fluids will help regulate your urination cycle, and it is very important to have it running normally. This is because urinating a few times a day helps keep your systems clean.
Since you consume more and more liquids the kidney will have to filter all the blood and as it keeps doing so, with more and more liquid coming in the kidneys keep getting cleaned as well. And with frequent releases from the bladder, it also keeps getting cleaned. Internal hygiene is just as important as external. UTI causes a lot of weakness as such drinking juices and shakes and energy drinks is a good idea because they will provide your body with a lot of vitamins, nutrients, and minerals.
Baking Soda Concoction
Use half a teaspoon of baking soda and mix it in eight ounces of water in a glass. Stir it well till it completely mixes together. Drink the concoction at least 2 times a day. it is a very effective and helpful remedy especially in the early stages of UTI. In the very early stages, in fact the first few days, drinking this concoction with a healthy diet can help cure the infection and eliminate all the problems all together.
Increased Intake of Vitamin C
Vitamin C is very important for the human body. It helps with a lot of things and it also prevents the growth of harmful bacteria everywhere in the body. If your body is suffering from a deficiency of vitamin C then it can accelerate the spreading of the infection. The bladder and the urinary tract have an acidic environment; as such they are perfect for bacterial infections. Vitamin C, on the other hand, does well to neutralize the acidity as such having more Vitamin C will allow the pain to reduce as well as the infection.
Also, vitamin C helps with problems like oral ulcers and mouth blisters. Have an increased amount of oranges, freshly squeezed orange juice, and a lot of fresh vegetables. Citrus fruits like lemon also have a lot of Vitamin C in them. You can also have vitamin C supplement pills as they are concentrated and filled with vitamin C. Consuming 3 to 4 supplement pills a day for a two to three will suffice and help a lot.
Using Heat and Hot Compression
Using a hot water bottle or heat in general can be very effective. Simply take a hot water bottle or a heating pad and gently press it over the bladder area so that the area soaks up the heat. This way the pain will immediately reduce and the infection will not spread due to the heat that is flowing. The heat will contain the infection in a small area. Just remember to change the water as soon as it starts to cool down. Bacteria need a warm climate to thrive in; however hot temperatures lethal to their survival.
A UTI can be very dangerous to health as it has some serious health consequences. As such it is very important to either self- treat or have medically treat as soon as the pain starts to get unbearable. Also it is important for you to rest during this time, so relax and rest as much as you can. Remember the home remedies are very helpful and they might even treat the entire problem without the need of drugs or a doctor.