UTI or Urinary Track Infection is very common. If you experience strong and frequent urge to urinate and pain or burning sensation when urinating, these are the first common symptoms of urinary track infection.
Other symptoms include; cloudy, bloody or strong smelling urine, muscle aches, abdominal pains, nausea and vomiting.
WHAT IS UTI?
In medical perspective, UTI (Urinary Track Infection) is a bacterial infection (caused by the bacteria E. coli over 90 percent of the time) that affects the inside lining tissue of the urinary system or tract. Swollen and inflamed urinary ducts can partially obstruct normal flow, making it painful and difficult to pass urine.
DISCOVERING UTI WITHOUT ANY SYMPTOMS
We have an annual medical exam on the last company that i worked for. When i got the results i couldn’t believe that i have UTI infection. I had no idea how it’s possible because i didn’t feel any symptoms at all. So to make it sure i did another urinalysis and still it shows the same result. You may wonder how on earth could you have an infection without feeling any symptoms at all, but yes it could happen and this is called “Asymptomatic Bacteriuria“
Asymptomatic bacteriuria is defined as isolation of a specified quantitative count of bacteria in an appropriately collected urine specimen from an individual without symptoms or signs of urinary tract infection. It affects about 5 to 10 percent of both sexually active and pregnant women. Asymptomatic bacteriuria is less prevalent in men.
I was given a ciprofloxacin antibiotic for a week however after taking it for only 2 days i developed itchy rashes on my skin and watery red eyes. The doctor at the company’s clinic said that i have an allergic reactions on the antibiotic. She gave me an antihistamine for the itch. I took it with the antibiotic but no improvement on my skin condition so i decided to stop it and just search online for natural treatment.
So whether you have the symptoms of urinary track infection or you have the asymptomatic bacteriuria, these home remedies will help you cure it especially if you’re allergic to a certain antibiotic like me.
NATURAL REMEDIES FOR UTI (URINARY TRACK INFECTION)
DRINK PLENTY OF WATER
This is one of the first thing you should do when you feel the symptoms of urinary track infection. This will help make the urine less concentrated and wash out the infection-causing bacteria.
TAKE LOADS OF VITAMIN C
It is important to eat plenty of foods rich in vitamin C. According to John Hopkins Medicine large amounts of vitamin C limit the growth of some bacteria by acidifying the urine. You can also take vitamin C supplements.
DRINK YOUNG COCONUT WATER
Coconut water is famous in Asian Countries like the Philippines. I’ve heard this from older people ever since i was young. Coconut water is natural diuretic and it helps flush out bacteria from the urinary track. Aside from it, coconut water is a natural source of electrolytes, in particular potassium, sodium, calcium, magnesium and phosphorous.
SAMBONG/ BLUMEA BALSAMIFERA TEA
It is a shrub that grows wild in the tropical climate countries such as Philippines, as well as India, Africa and even in Eastern Himalayas. It’s tea is known to have a diuretic property which helps release water from the body. It can also help pass urinary stones through the urine. You can boil it’s leaves and drink the tea 3-4 times daily.
If you haven’t heard about D-Mannose yet. You might need to get to know this popular treatment option for UTI.
According to research about D-Mannose Natural Treatment for Urinary Track Infections by Lane Lenard, PhD, and Jonathan V. Wright, MD. D-mannose is a simple sugar and close cousin of glucose, and can cure more than 90 percent of all UTI’s within 1 to 2 days. Even more remarkably, D-mannose accomplishes this feat without killing a single bacterium. D-mannose is a natural molecule that is found in cranberries, apples and some other fruits. It is the active ingredient in cranberries, minus the sugar that usually accompanies cranberry products like juice that’s why it tastes good.
D-Mannose act as “receptors” inviting the fimbria of E. coli to attach, and allowing them to bind to the tissue in a tight, Velcro- like grip so that they’re unable to stick to the slippery surface and would be washed right back out on the next tide of urination.
GO PEE AND EMPTY THAT BLADDER AGAIN
If you feel the urge to urinate never you hold it in to avoid increase the chance that bacteria will develop and multiply and cause an infection. Every time you pee you get out a little bit more of that bacteria, even though it can be uncomfortable, peeing every chance you get is a vital part of recovering.
OTHER HELPFUL TIPS
- Avoid bladder irritants like caffeine, alcohol, spicy food, nicotine, carbonate drinks and artificial sweeteners.
- Wear loose cotton clothing and underwear.
- Use fragrance free personal hygiene products.
You need to undergo another urinalysis again after doing the natural treatment to check if the bacteria was flushed out. If you are pregnant please consult your doctor because asymptomatic bacteriuria can lead to the development of cystitis or pyelonephritis.
“All pregnant women should be screened for bacteriuria and subsequently treated with antibiotics because it is associated with an increased risk of intra-uterine growth retardation and low-birth-weight infants.” JOHN E. DELZELL, JR., M.D, assistant residency director at the University of Missouri-Columbia School of Medicine.
SOME SIDE EFFECTS OF TAKING ANTIBIOTICS FOR UTI
If you are one of those people who developed an allergy after taking antibiotics you exactly knew how itchy those rashes are. If you don’t like to take the alternative remedies route its best to talk to your doctor about your condition. Most doctors will just normally change your prescription to another antibiotic brand.
ANTIBIOTIC KILLS THE FRIENDLY BACTERIA
Antibiotics are equal-opportunity microbe killers. Although they usually make quick work of the UTI-causing bugs, they don’t just stop there. They also kill millions of other “friendly” bacteria that belong in the body where they serve numerous important functions.
Because they kill off friendly bacteria living in the gastrointestinal (GI) tract, antibiotics can cause unwanted side effects, such as diarrhea, constipation, nausea, and occasionally, vomiting. If enough friendly bacteria are killed, “not so-friendly” yeasts, molds, and bacteria -all of which can produce unwanted toxins – are encouraged to take their places.
ANTIBIOTIC CAN CAUSE YEAST INFECTION
Many women who take antibiotics (to treat UTI or any other infection) soon come to expect that they will develop a vaginal yeast infection requiring them to take yet another drug – this time an antifungal-to kill the yeast.
This is so true as i have experienced this twice. After finishing the course of antibiotic from a bad tonsilitis i started itching down there and i already knew that the good bacteria were killed.
DEVELOPMENT OF BACTERIAL SPECIES THAT HAS ANTIBIOTIC RESISTANCE
The use of antibiotics promotes the development of bacterial species that are able to resist these drugs. Bacteria are very clever in their ability to mutate genes, making themselves “immune” to the effects of antibiotics. Those bacteria that have become immune then pass this ability on to their offspring or other bacteria. The likelihood that resistant bacteria will develop is enhanced by the misuse and overuse of antibiotics. The development of antibiotic-resistant bacteria is a major problem in medicine today that has many experts fearing the inevitable arrival of a “superbug” resistant to all known antibiotic drugs.