An invasion of bacteria into the urinary tract causes UTI (Urinary Tract Infection). The bacteria enter from the opening of the urethra and proceed further into the urinary tract. Some of the causes of UTI include sexual intercourse, multiple sexual partners and holding urine for too long. Urinary tract infection can be very painful, if not treated in time.
It can also spread to the kidney, causing serious health problems. Though the disease can affect members of both the sex, women are more susceptible to it. Some of the common symptoms of urinary tract infection are burning sensation while urinating, a constant urge to urinate, blood in the urine, fever, vomiting, nausea, backache and pain below the ribs. In the following lines, we have provided some of the best home remedies for treating UTI.
Causes of Urinary Tract Infections
The most common cause of UTIs are bacteria from the bowel that live on the skin near the rectum or in the vagina, which can spread and enter the urinary tract through the urethra. Once these bacteria enter the urethra, they travel upward, causing infection in the bladder and sometimes other parts of the urinary tract.
Sexual intercourse is a common cause of urinary tract infections because the female anatomy can make women more prone to urinary tract infections. During sexual activity, bacteria in the vaginal area are sometimes massaged into the urethra.
Women who change sexual partners or begin having sexual intercourse more frequently may experience bladder or urinary tract infections more often than women who are celibate or in monogamous relationships. Although it is rare, some women get a urinary tract infection every time they have sex.
Another cause of bladder infections or UTI is waiting too long to urinate. The bladder is a muscle that stretches to hold urine and contracts when the urine is released. Waiting too long past the time you first feel the need to urinate can cause the bladder to stretch beyond its capacity. Over time, this can weaken the bladder muscle. When the bladder is weakened, it may not empty completely and some urine is left in the bladder. This may increase the risk of urinary tract infections or bladder infections.
Cystitis usually produces a frequent, urgent need to urinate and a burning or painful sensation while urinating. These symptoms usually develop over several hours or a day. The urgent need to urinate may cause an uncontrollable loss of urine (urge incontinence), especially in older people. Fever is rarely present. Pain is usually felt above the pubic bone and often in the lower back as well. Frequent urination during the night (nocturia) may be another symptom. The urine is often cloudy and contains visible blood in about 30% of people. Air can be passed in the urine (pneumaturia) when infection results from an abnormal connection between the bladder and the intestine or the vagina (fistula).
Symptoms of cystitis may disappear without treatment. Sometimes cystitis produces no symptoms, particularly in older people, and is discovered when urine tests are performed for other reasons. A person whose bladder is malfunctioning because of nerve damage (neurogenic bladder—see Spotlight on AgingSidebar) or a person who has a permanently placed catheter may have cystitis with no symptoms until a kidney infection or an unexplained fever develops.
Home Remedy For Urinary Tract Infection
Baking soda is effective in curing urinary tract infection. In an eight ounce glass of water, add ½ tsp of baking soda. Mix this well and drink it.
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Have plenty of water in a day, as this would help in diluting and flushing out the unwanted substances from the body.
Drinking cranberry juice is another effective way to treat urinary tract infection. For people who cannot have pure cranberry juice, mixing it with some apple juice is an option.
Mix equal proportions of sandalwood, bergamot, tea tree, frankincense and juniper oil. Rub this combination of oil in the abdominal area once a day, for three to four days.
Mix equal parts of pipsissewa, buchu, echinacea and urva ursi tinctures. Have 20 drops of this mixture, every two hours, for the first two days and 1 tsp of this mixture, four times a day, later on.
Another useful remedy for UTI would be to boil the leaves of blue brinjal plant in water. Cool the decoction, strain it and have an ounce of it two times in a day.
Boil some coriander seeds in water. Cool the decoction, strain it and have an ounce of it two times in a day. It will increase the urine flow.
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