How to Treat & Prevent Bladder Infections – 15 Home Remedies

Bladder infection, also known as cystitis, occurs when germs (most often bacteria) enter the urethra and travel to the bladder to cause an infection. This infection often develops in the bladder. However, sometimes, it may spread to the kidney.

Women are more prone to bladder infections than men. This is because women have a shorter urethra than men, thus, making it easier for germs to reach the bladder of a woman.

Other factors that could increase the likelihood of having a bladder infection include; bladder or urethra blockage, anything that blocks the flow of urine (such as enlarged prostate), pregnancy, diabetes, bowel incontinence (loss of bowel control), urinary retention (issues with properly emptying your bladder), and old age.

Symptoms of bladder infection include; foul-smelling urine, cloudy or bloody urine, burning sensation while urinating, strong urge to urinate even after you just urinated, and cramps on lower middle abdomen or back.

Here are some tips and good practices, to consider, if you are dealing with bladder infections;

  • Ensure you drink a lot of fluids daily.
  • Avoid drinking fluids, such as caffeine and alcohol, that irritate the bladder.
  • Wipe from front to back after using the toilet.
  • Opt for showers instead of baths.
  • Opt for sanitary pads instead of tampons.
  • You may take a single dose of an antibiotic after sexual contact. This may help inhibit sexually transmitted disease.
  • Contact your health care provider for proper diagnosis and treatment. Let him/her know if you are pregnant.

Below are home remedies for treating and preventing bladder infection;

1. Apple Cider Vinegar


The potent antibacterial properties of apple cider vinegar are useful in the prevention and treatment of infections of the bladder. ACV also balances the pH of the body which aids in faster healing. Take 1-2 tbsp of unfiltered and raw ACV and mix it with a glassful of water. Add a little amount of honey to it and stir well. Consume the solution two times every day to treat the infection.

2. Cranberry Juice


Drinking cranberry juice is an age-old method to get rid of a bladder infection. Cranberry is known to have a potent ability in preventing as well as treating urinary infections naturally. Simply drink the juice on daily basis to get rid of the condition. If in doubt, consult a doctor.
(https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC3370320/)

3. Better Hygiene


Maintaining a better hygiene is not only great for dealing with a bladder infection but also good for your overall health.

You should opt for a shower, instead of a bath, to keep your body parts clean. Don’t forget to pat dry your vagina and anal areas, properly, after a bath. Avoid rubbing the genital areas.

After you use the toilet, make sure to clean properly by wiping from front to back. In this way, the germs will not be able to get into the urethra.

Also avoid using soaps, deodorants, and douches on the female genital area as it may contain chemicals that may kill the beneficial bacteria which protect you from infection.

Avoid using tampons.  Instead, wear sanitary pads and endeavor to change your sanitary pads at regular intervals. Lastly, avoid using public toilets as much as possible to prevent the spread of an infection.

4. Probiotics


Probiotics may help in strengthening your immune system and help in fighting infections effectively. You may consume yogurt often to prevent a bladder infection. Yogurt contains good bacteria in huge quantities that not only aid in maintaining a perfect pH balance but also kill bacteria that cause infection in the body.
(https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC2684288/)

5. Strengthen The Immune System


There is no remedy more effective than having a strong immunity against an infection. This can be easily achieved by consuming foods that have a high ability to boost your immune system and work well in fighting numerous diseases. Lemon juice is one of the best fruits for boosting immunity. Drink it along with water every morning. You may also consume green tea on a regular basis to have a high immunity.

Furthermore, fruits rich in vitamin C such as kiwi, broccoli, strawberries, bell peppers, and tomatoes are great for keeping infection at a bay. Also consume foods high in vitamin D such as cheese, egg yolks, mackerel, salmon and meat from grass-fed animals.
(https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC4926313/)

6. Rethink Your Birth Control Measures


Not all, but some birth control pills may aggravate your bladder condition or make you more susceptible to a bladder infection. Using spermicides may cause skin irritations and increase the chances of an infection. Birth control measures having nonoxynol-9 should be avoided completely.

If you are using a diaphragm, it may slow down the flow of urine and increase the number of infection-causing bacteria in your urinary tract. Furthermore, some of the pills used for birth control may lower the levels of estrogen in your body which may disrupt the vaginal health and cause an infection.
(https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC4565416/)

7. Okra


Okra, also known as lady’s finger, can also be used to deal with a bladder infection. Take some okra and wash it thoroughly. Boil it with some water and consume the extraction to treat the infection.

8. Have Enough Fluids


Increasing your fluid intake by drinking more water may help in warding off bladder infections. Water helps in flushing out the waste, along with bacteria, out from the body. It is also helpful in diluting your urine which may reduce the pain during urination. Drink at least 7-8 glasses of water every day.
(https://www.nia.nih.gov/health/13-tips-keep-your-bladder-healthy)

9. Keep Your Bladder Empty


If you have a tendency of holding your urine for too long, you must stop doing that. Such behavior increases the chances of an infection. It also exerts more pressure on the kidneys which could give rise to kidney problems. Therefore, it is recommended to pass out urine as soon as you feel the need to do so.

10. Wear Proper Clothes


Clothes that are too tight, or do not allow air to pass through, may contribute to a bladder infection. Always wear clothes made of a breathable fabric such as cotton or chiffon. Such wears keep the skin dry by promoting the circulation of air. A habit of changing your underwear every day would also help in reducing the risk of an infection.

11. Yarrow, Plantain, And Agrimony


If there is the presence of blood in your urine, you may use this effective remedy to deal with the condition. This remedy would help in reducing the infection and stop the bleeding. Steep together plantain, yarrow, and agrimony in hot water and consume it for 3-4 days to relieve the condition.

12. Stay Away From Triggers


Another effective way to deal with a bladder infection is to prevent it. Therefore, avoiding the things that trigger the infections, such as smoking cigarettes, consumption of caffeine, chocolates, alcoholic beverages and spicy foods, may help in reducing the chances of a urinary infection. Also, limit your consumption of artificial sugars and sugar-based foods.

13. Heating Pad


Applying heat to the abdominal area may ease the pain caused by a bladder infection. It would soothe the tissues and help you get rid of the pain. Just place a heating pad on your abdominal region from where the pain seems to emanate and apply the heat for some minutes.

14. Marshmallow And Thyme With Corn Milk


A tea prepared by combining marshmallow and thyme infused in corn milk can prove to be highly beneficial in treating a bladder infection. You may take this tea on a daily basis until the problem gets resolved.
(https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC6040617/)

15. Stop Smoking


Tobacco puts your body at a risk of developing a bacterial infection. Therefore, quitting cigarettes will not only be beneficial for just treating a bladder infection but is great for your overall health too. The harmful chemicals found in tobacco is known to reduce the antibacterial functioning of the body’s leukocytes that results in increased risk of a bladder infection.
(https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC4735668/)

 

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