A urinary tract infection (UTI) is an umbrella term that encompasses infections of the upper urinary tract—which possibly includes the kidneys (pyelonephritis)—as well as of the lower urinary tract, which possibly includes the bladder (cystitis). The term UTI is most commonly used interchangeably with those infections involving the lower urinary tract, which generally present as causing mild to moderate pain or discomfort. These UTIs can cause burning sensations while urinating, a sense of urinary urgency or frequency, and pelvic pain; more severe infections may cause flank pain, fever, nausea, and/or vomiting. While medications can treat UTIs quickly, many people also find relief from their UTI symptoms with home remedies.
Let’s take a look at some of the most popular home remedies for UTIs :
- Drink plenty of fluids. Drinking plenty of fluids throughout the day will help to flush bacteria from your system.
- Urinate often. Urinating often and when the urge arises will ensure that bacteria isn’t growing in urine that stays in the bladder.
- Stay clean and dry. Wearing tight jeans or material like nylon can be problematic because moisture can be trapped, allowing bacteria to grow.
- Avoid using spermicides. Spermicides can increase irritation and allow bacteria to grow.
- Probiotics. Probiotics support the human body’s normal flora that serve as a line of defence.
- Cranberry. Some studies suggest that cranberry juice may decrease the number of UTIs a person develop over a 12 month period, particularly for women with recurrent UTIs.
- D-Mannose. It can prevent certain bacteria from sticking to the walls of the urinary tract.
- Garlic. Allicin, one of the active principles of freshly crushed raw garlic, has a variety of antimicrobial activities.
- Vitamin C. Vitamin C makes using more acidic, inhibits the growth of E. coli and enhances immune function.
- Clove oil. Clove oil has antimicrobial, anti fungal and anti viral activity.
- Myrrh Oil. Myrrh oil has antibacterial, anti fungal and anti parasitic properties.
- Oregano Oil. Researches found that oregano was active against all of the clinical strain of caterer that were tested and it successfully inhibited the growth of E. coli, the bacteria most commonly seen in UTIs.