Many men and women suffer greatly with the pain and discomfort of a urinary tract infect also referred to as a UTI. A UTI can strike anyone at any age and can be as minor as slight discomfort when urinating to uncontrollable urination and extreme pain. This infection attacks the bladder, kidney, urethra and the ureters. It may attack one and quickly spread through out the urinary tract. If you are having any symptoms of a UTI it is very important that you begin treatment right away before the infection spreads and becomes so bad that you have to get medical treatment and possibly hospitalization.
There are ways to treat a UTI, if caught soon enough, within the privacy of your own home. One way to do this is be aware of your body. Do not put off minor unusual behaviors your body might have. For an example: if you begin urinating frequently without and increase in fluid intake. This could be your body’s way of trying to wash an infection out. Also, if you are having a slight pain when you urinate is another symptom of a UTI. Anything your body does that is out of the ordinary you need to pay close attention to and act quickly to help your body gain control of the situation.
The symptoms of a UTI include but are not limited to the following: Frequent urination, painful urination, cloudy or red tint to your urine and small amounts of urine when you go to the restroom. If you have the following symptoms it could be a sign that the infection is now severe and has moved to the kidneys: chills, vomiting, a fever, pain in the back, sides or even stomach and vomiting. If this occurs you need medical treatment to prevent serious consequences such as kidney damage.
Please keep in mind a UTI is very serious and even though symptoms may improve your condition may be worsening. So what can you do to assist your body in over coming a UTI? One treatment is Vacinnium Oxycoccus. It has been used for a century or more. You maybe wondering what this is…it is simply Cranberry Juice. With recent studies it has been found that the now popular cranberry extract tablets are more concentrate causing it to be even more effective then regular cranberry juice you purchase in the store. These tablets are found in the remedy section of your drug store and are inexpensive.
Another treatment for a UTI is something called Uva Ursi. Uva Ursi has several names, latin being Arctostaphlos Uvaursi. Other referred to names are Arberry, Bearberry, Mountain Cranberry, Rockberry and Whortleberry to name a few. This is a powerful Anti-bacterial for the Liver, Kidney and pancreas. Uva Ursi targets conditions such as inflammation of tissue, the treatment of herpes, vaginal infections, cold sores, bladder stones and UTI. Uva Ursi acts as a defense mechanism as it strengthens and tones the urinary passages. It contains allantoin which aids in tissue repair. Other known perks of the Uva Ursi herb is it is helpful for chronic diarrhea, increases urine flow, reduces bloating, and the astringent properties may also assist in bed wetting.
It is not recommended Uva Ursi be used for people with high blood pressure, pregnant women, children, breast feeding mothers and those with kidney disease. It is also recommended food high in acid be avoided while taking Uva Ursi. Many prescription and over the counter medications and even other herbs and vitamins can lessen the effects of Uva Ursi.
You may have heard of Azo Urinary tablets sold over the counter which aid in the relief of pain and discomfort of a UTI. Though these are found to be effective, Azo also offers there Azo Cranberry. These cranberry tablets are loaded with vitamin C and several other antioxidants which fight bacteria. Cranberry helps to not only fight the bacterial infection known as a UTI but it is great for prevention as well.
When it comes to children, a large variety of herbs and over the counter medications can not be used for children. It is recommended to treat a UTI in a child with cranberry juice or tablets and giving children a bath 2-3 times a day with baking soda in the water. Add just enough baking soda to the water that the water is cloudy. Sense any infection in a child can become serious very quickly be sure to get the child medical attention so the proper test can be done to prevent permanent damage to your child’s kidneys and other vital organs.
Other things you can do to help prevent the infection from accruing is by getting out of wet clothing as soon as possible, avoid tight clothing, wear cotton underwear and be sure to change them at least twice a day, Drink 8-12 glasses of water a day (unless you are on a doctor ordered fluid restriction), Drink cranberry juice or take cranberry tablets and wipe front to back after each urination.
The best way to give yourself the best care is by seeking out the best information. Educating yourself and being aware of ones own body gives you the upper hand when bacteria attempts a visit.
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