While many people who are suffering from cystitis turn to their doctor for a medical treatment, many others prefer to try an alternative bladder infection treatment. Although there’s doubt that a natural bladder infection treatment will work, some of them have been effective, especially when treating mild forms of the condition. However, to best prevent the spread of cystitis, and further complications such as kidney infections, we recommend seeking confirmed medical treatments such as Trimethoprim, Nitrofurantoin and MacroBid. It is possible to use these alternative treatments alongside prescription medications to improve your condition. Here are some of the most popular alternative treatments for bladder infections like cystitis.
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Drinking 2-3 litres of water per day and avoiding sugary drinks, citrus drinks and caffeine helps to cleanse the urinary system. If the cause of cystitis is bacterial infection, this method should have some positive effects.
Well known for its positive effect on the bladder, cranberry juice works well to prevent a further bout of infection, however it will not cure an existing one. It is important, however, to avoid cranberry if you are taking Warfarin for another condition.
Although it may be very painful, going to the toilet frequently can be very helpful in cystitis. Holding in urine allows bacteria to multiply and worsen the problem, while frequent urination helps to flush the bacteria from your system. It is especially important to always urinate immediately after sex as bacteria can be pushed deeper into the urinary tract, thus causing further problems.
Applying a heated pad to the stomach area or the back can relieve the dull ache and pain of cystitis.
Bacteria can thrive in an environment that is moist and warm, so wearing tights, skinny jeans and nylon underwear is a bad idea. Loose fitting cotton clothing allows air to circulate and reduces the growth of bacteria in this area.
Eating lots of asparagus can help to flush bacteria from the bladder thanks to its diuretic properties.
Bicarbonate of Soda
Cheap and simple, taking a spoonful of bicarbonate of soda every day is a surprisingly effective solution. Bicarbonate of soda helps to change the pH levels in the urine to avoid the acid properties that cause the burning sensation.
There are some herbs which are thought to be effective in treating bladder infections, especially goldenseal and uva ursi. However, if you decide to try these remedies, seek your doctor’s advice first as there may be side effects or interactions with existing medications.
Maintaining Good Hygiene
Maintaining good hygiene is essential to treating and preventing bladder infections. Sufferers should choose to shower rather than have a bath and should ensure that they always wipe from front to back after visiting the toilet to avoid introducing bacteria into the bladder. Underwear should be changed every day to keep the area as clean as possible.
There are a number of measures that you can take to prevent bladder infections recurring:
- Drink at least 2 litres of water every day
- Take showers, not baths
- Wipe from front to back after going to the toilet
- Urinate frequently
- Urinate both before and after sex
- Avoid spermicides and diaphragms
- Change underwear every day
- Wear loose cotton clothing and cotton undergarments
- Drink cranberry juice often
- Avoid consuming too much caffeine, sugary drinks and citrus fruits
- Use pads, not tampons when menstruating
- Avoid perfumed bubble baths or talcum powder
What Should You Do If Natural Remedies Don’t Work?
If left untreated, cystitis can lead to a kidney infection, which may cause serious permanent damage. Therefore, we recommend seeking medical treatment as soon as possible for your cystitis. Natural remedies are best used alongside the prescribed medical treatment for cystitis, to prevent further complications. However, if you have instead tried natural remedies, without prescription medication, and the remedies have not worked, you should seek medical attention as soon as possible. Often, antibiotics are required to clear up a bout of cystitis and these can only be obtained through a prescription. If you’re suffering with cystitis, you can complete an online consultation and order your medication online if required.
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