what are some home remedies for bladder infection?

An inflammation of the bladder due to infection by virus or bacteria is referred to as cystitis. The symptoms of cystitis include a frequent and intense urge to urinate and pain and discomfort during urination. Pain in the lower abdomen, sides and pelvis is also common. The urine may also take on a cloudy appearance with a strong odor, and in some cases there may be blood in the urine. Women are more prone to bladder infections and this could be due to the fact that the urethra in women is much shorter. This makes it easier for the bacteria that are present around the anal area to enter the urethra and reach the bladder. Improper hygiene can cause this condition to develop. Sexual intercourse can also cause the bacteria to get pushed further up the urethra.

Improper emptying of the bladder can cause the urine to remain in the bladder for a longer period of time, thereby increasing the risk of infection. Obstructions of the bladder or urethra disallow the flushing out of bacteria from the bladder, thus increasing vulnerability to infection. Cystitis is not as common in men, but when it occurs, the infection usually begins in the urethra and then moves up in the prostate and then finally into the bladder. Infection of the prostate is most likely to result in bladder infections in men.

To restrict the spread of infection and prevent further infections from occurring it is important to keep the genital area clean. For women, this would also involve wiping from front to back, so as not to allow bacteria to spread to the urethra. Cotton undergarments allow proper circulation of air and hence discourage the growth of bacteria. One must also urinate promptly on feeling the urge to do so, so that the urine does not remain for too long in the bladder. Drinking plenty of water and fluids is very important in treating bladder infections as this helps to flush out the bacteria and infection from the body. Urinary tract and bladder infections may also be treated by drinking a mixture of baking soda and water, as this increases the acidity of the urine, thereby making it difficult for bacteria to thrive. Consumption of cranberry juice is perhaps the most popular remedy for bladder infections. It is believed to work by preventing the bacteria from adhering to the walls of the bladder and urinary tract.

answered by G M

Bladder infection affects the urinary bladder and can spread to the kidney or prostrate. It occurs majorly in women between 20 and 50 years of age. Genetics, pregnant women, elderly women, kidney stones in women or using contraceptives or diaphragms can lead to bladder infection. Men suffering from HIV or who are engaged in anal sex can suffer from bladder infection.

This infection is caused due to bacteria called E.Coli that grows in the vagina and enters into the urethra. This can irritate the wall of urinary tract and can lead to burning sensation.

Certain home remedies that can be useful for bladder infection are:-

  • General hygiene is essential. Certain measures like wearing cotton under wears which will keep the skin dry, avoid application of lotions or oil in the private areas, maintain cleanliness like regular bath and thorough washing of the private parts.
  • A hot bath can relieve the pain that is associated with infection.
  • Avoid diaphragm as it can harbor microorganisms in the vagina as well it can cause delay in bladder emptying. Urinate before and after intercourse as it can flush out the bacteria that may be present in the vagina.
  • Take large doses of Vitamin C with lots of water which will kill the bad bacteria.
  • Have a can of Asparagus a day which will relieve the pain.
  • Drink a glass of beer as the years present in the beer can fight against the bacteria. However this needs to be taken in moderation.
  • Consumption of 1\4 teaspoon of mannose sugar can relieve the pain due to the infection.

answered by J M

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