What Is Bladder Infection
Bladder infection is also called urinary tract infection. It can develop when bacteria enter the urethra and travel up into bladder.
Once bacteria go into the urethra, they can attach to the walls of the bladder and multiply quickly. The resulting infection can cause uncomfortable symptoms such as :
- sudden urges to urinate
- pain while urinating
- abdominal cramping
- blood in urine
These symptoms may be eased with a combination of medical and home treatments.
Water flushes out the bacteria in your bladder, helping to eliminate the infection faster. It also dilutes the urine, so urination may be less painful.
Concentrated, dark urine is more acidic and is sometimes more painful to pass when you have a bladder infection. Diluted urine is lighter in color and usually doesn’t burn as much.
Drink at least 10 glasses of water each day. It is also recommended to avoid:
- caffeinated drinks
Caffeine can irritate your bladder even more and can cause more problems when you have an infection.
Frequent urination helps eliminate the infection by moving bacteria out of the bladder. “Holding it,” or not going to the bathroom when you need to, allows bacteria to continue multiplying inside in the bladder.
It’s especially important to urinate after having sex. Sexual activity can push bacteria deeper into the urethra of both men and women. Urinating soon after sex flushes bacteria away from your urinary tract, preventing the germs from settling and causing an infection.
It is recommended to drink plenty of fluids so you can urinate, and go to the bathroom as soon as you can.Do not “hold it”.
Severe bladder infections can cause pain in the pelvic region even when you’re not urinating. Antibiotics will help you feel better, but it may take a day or two before the drugs kick in.
Taking pain medications in the meantime can help relieve any abdominal cramps, back pain, or discomfort you may feel while urinating.
Ask your doctor if it’s safe to take over-the-counter pain relievers.
Antibiotics kill the bacteria that are causing the bladder infection. Your doctor may prescribe antibiotics if your infection is severe or prolonged. But,antibiotics may not always be needed.
In some cases, a minor bladder infection can resolve on its own. It might cause symptoms for a day or two, but with increased hydration and urination, it may pass.
Call your doctor if your symptoms are persisting for longer than three days and are becoming worse. You may need antibiotics to treat your bladder infection.The length of treatment might vary, depending on the specific drug your doctor prescribes.
It’s important to take your medication for the full course, even if you feel better before it’s done. Taking the full dose helps ensure that the harmful bacteria are out of your system.
Putting low heat across your abdominal region or back may soothe the dull ache that sometimes occurs during bladder infections. This can be especially helpful if medications aren’t enough to ease your discomfort.
Bacteria thrive in warm and moist environments. Tight jeans and other snugly fitting clothes can trap moisture in your most delicate areas, making them a breeding ground for bacteria. Wearing loose, casual clothing that allows your skin to breathe can keep the bacteria in your urinary tract at bay.
Wear cotton underwear, loose pants, or skirts to promote air circulation and reduce bacteria growth.
Cranberry has been a natural treatment for bladder infections for generations. Recent research,has shown some promise as a remedy for women who frequently experience bladder infections.Drinking it probably won’t hurt, but it might not help as much as you would like.
As you may imagine, cranberry herbal tea has a sweet, tangy, and really enjoyable flavor. It blends well with floral herbs and also does well on its own. While many people recommend drinking cranberry juice to help with a UTI, a tea is better since you’ll be getting a more concentrated dose of goodness without the sugar and additives.
Cranberry herbal tea helps fight off urinary tract infections by giving the body a usable boost of vitamin C while at the same time lending its unique healing properties that seem to target infections in this area of the body.
For those with recurring UTI issues, a daily cranberry herbal tea or adding cranberries to your favorite blend is a great protective tonic.
Also known as ‘bear berry’ in homage to one of its biggest fans, uva ursi is a champion antiseptic that targets the entire urinary tract system. As you sip your uva uirsi herbal tea, your body will break it down and flush it through your urinary system where it will cleanse, clear, and act as a mild diuretic to help flush the area.
When using uva ursi, it’s the process of elimination that helps most. Making sure that you drink lots of water while using this herb will ensure that your urinary system can continually flush all day long to get rid of infection and germs.
Horsetail works wonders when it comes to soothing UTIs, mainly because of its ability to “tighten” the inflamed epithelial tissues with tannins (an astringent found in bitter plant matter).
It also removes toxins and bacteria in the urinary tract by thoroughly filtering through the kidneys and increasing the production of urine.
The flavonoids (metabolites in plant matter) help calm spasms that accompany a UTI. Dandelion also works as a diuretic, and stimulates the kidneys and bladder.
– 1 tablespoon of dried horsetail
– 1 teaspoon dried dandelion
– 1 cup of water
– honey to taste (optional)
Place 1-2 tablespoons of dried horsetail and 1 teaspoon of dried dandelion in a mug, loose or in a tea ball or something similar. Bring 1 cup of water to a boil and pour over the herbs. Let it steep for 10 minutes, covered, before straining and drinking. Drink this twice daily, adding honey to taste is you’d like.
Marshmallow root inhibits bacterial growth, and cleanses the bladder as well. It will sooth the urinary system, and is also effective at preventing bleeding in urine as well as being a diuretic (increasing the flow of urine.)
– 1 to 2 tablespoons fresh or dried marshmallow root
– Cheesecloth (if you are doing fresh)
– 1 cup of water
– honey to taste (optional)
Chop 1-2 tablespoons of fresh marshmallow root, and tie it up in a small square of cheesecloth. Bring about 8-10 ounces of water to a boil. Put the herb bundle in a mug and cover with water, allowing it to steep for 10 minutes. Add honey to taste if you’d like, and drink 2-3 times a day.
Peppermint and ginger may help to alkalize urine (make it less acidic) which would help with the burning sensation that accompanies a UTI.
Juniper berries act as a diuretic, stimulating the kidney and bladder and making it easier to pee, ginger lessens inflammation.
– 1-2 teaspoons of dried juniper berries
– 1/3 cup fresh mint leaves
– 2 teaspoons of freshly grated ginger
– 4 cups of water
– honey and lemon slices (optional)
Combine the water, berries, mint, and ginger in a pot. Simmer for about 7-8 minutes, and then discard the solids. Stir in about a tablespoon of honey, if you wish to sweeten it, and serve with a slice of lemon if desired. Drink 2-3 times a day.
-2 parts Chamomile
-2 parts Cranberry
-1 part Echinacea
-1 part Uva Ursi
-1 squeeze fresh lemon juice to taste
Combine herbs together. Add 2 heaping teaspoons to 16 ounces of boiled water. Steep for 8 minutes. Cool to a safe and comforting temperature and enjoy 1-3 times per day for up to 5 days.
Once the infection leaves, continue with the Chamomile and Cranberry for a week as a protective blend.
At the first signs of bladder infection, try these teas. There’s almost nothing worse than struggling to pee in pain.If this do not improve your UTI, call your doctor for further treatments.