I have heard that I can use a dilute solution of Bicarbonate of soda as a remedy for cystitis. True?

Yes, bicarbonate of soda is a known remedy for cystitis. A teaspoon of bicarb in a glass of water, taken 4-5 times a day will give relief. However take this under advisement if you have hypertension or heart trouble. An alternative to bicarbonate of soda is barley water. Drink a glass of plain water or barley water every twenty minutes or so. This will help reduce the stinging sensation and pain associated with cystitis.

These are some precautions you should take to prevent the problem from recurring:

  • Always wash front to back
  • Wear loose fitting cotton undergarments
  • Urinate as soon as you feel the urge
  • Drink lots of water
  • Wash your hands frequently
  • Use unscented soap
  • Keep your fingernails short
  • Avoid all scented products in the urethral and anal region

Avoid foods such as asparagus, spinach, potatoes, tomatoes, raw carrots, dairy products, strawberries and all kinds of junk food. Also keep away from alcohol as all of these things aggravate cystitis. If the attack of cystitis is quite severe, you may need a course of antibiotics, but antibiotics can cause thrush, so always make sure to supplement with a probiotic in that period. Alternatively eat a lot of yogurt as it contains beneficial bacteria that will counter the harmful effects of antibiotics.

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