Is there a temporary relief for UTI?

(May 4, 2006)

UTI (Urinary Tract Infection) is one of the most common types of infection which occurs in most people at some point in their lifetime. UTI is more common in women than in men and is caused due to a fungal, viral or bacterial infection in the urinary tract. Bacterial infection is more common than fungal and viral infections and it can affect any part of the tract. When it occurs in the lower part of the tract it is commonly known as a bladder infection (simple cystitis in medical terms). When it takes place in the upper portion of the tract it is called pyelonephritis, commonly known as a kidney infection.

Treatment of UTI depends on the cause of infection and medical history of the patient, hence it is essential to get a medical check-up and start antibiotics as soon as possible. Early treatment can quickly reduce discomfort.

Though there is no immediate temporary cure for UTI, a non-prescription drug called Uristat can provide temporary relief from the pain and discomfort caused by it. It is not an antibiotic and hence cannot cure UTI. It is only meant for temporary relief till you seek medical help. It should be used as per the given instructions and after consultation with the pharmacist.

Some home remedies and steps which can be taken to get temporary relief from bladder infection discomfort are as follows:

  • Drink adequate amount of fluids. Drinking fluid will increase the urge to urinate and helps flush out the bacteria.
  • Water is the best source of fluid or you can also have herbal teas and cranberry or blueberry juice.
  • Avoid sweetened drinks or fruit juices, alcohol, tobacco and coffee.
  • Urinate as much as possible. Urination may be painful initially, but gradually the discomfort will decrease.
  • Wear cotton undergarments and loose clothing. This allows air to pass through and keep the area dry and comfortable.
  • Include antioxidant fruits and vegetables like cherries, tomatoes and squash in your diet.
  • Have high-fiber foods like oats and beans and avoid refined foods like white bread and pasta.
  • Always clean genitals from front to back, especially after bowel movements.
These remedies are not a substitute for medical help and are intended only to provide temporary relief.

References:
  1. http://www.umm.edu/altmed/articles/urinary-tract-000169.htm
  2. http://www.uhs.umich.edu/uti#treatment
  3. http://kidney.niddk.nih.gov/kudiseases/pubs/utiadult/#uti

answered by G R on Mar 13, 2013, 1:06:14

Urinary-Tract-Infection-(UTI) is nothing but an bacterial infection which can get relief through various home remedies.

answered by P P on May 26, 2006, 6:49:57


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