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There's Nothing Worse Than a UTI!
Okay, boys who are reading this, consider yourself warned. This is not a topic you want to read about. It is probably not something that ails you. If you continue reading, you have no one to blame but yourself.
Did you know there is a technical school called UTI? I chuckle every time I see the commercial for it. You KNOW it was a man who named that, because no woman would name anything after a urinary tract infection.
For years, I suffered from bladder infections, and for years, if I got one, a trip to the doctor was inevitable. I knew I had an infection because I would have a powerful urge to go to the bathroom. Using the bathroom would not relieve this feeling. It was very painful.
People said to drink cranberry juice. I tried that. It made the infection angry.
People said to take over-the-counter medicines. I did that. It just turned my urine red.
People said not to drink anything but water. I drank and drank and drank. It didn't help.
I've labeled 2009 as, "The Year of the Bladder Infection." Honestly, I had a UTI for months and months. I would go to the doctor or walk-in clinic and spend a fortune since I did not have medical insurance. I would take the antibiotics and get relief as long as I was on the medicine. Then, the infection would come back with a vengeance. After almost 9 months of infections, I started researching natural cures. What I found was so simple that it made me want to smack my forehead. I had spent hundreds and hundreds of dollars, and the answer to my problems was in my pantry!
What about you?
The solution was in my pantry all along.
The First Thing that Worked
The first cure I found was cream of tartar. You know, the stuff you make meringue with? This worked somewhat for me. As long as I was taking it, I felt better. If I quit taking it, the infection would come back.
The dose that I took was 1/2 teaspoon in 4 ounces of water, 3 times a day. I got to the point that I would just eat the stuff and rinse it with water. It wasn't horrible to take, although I can't say it tasted great.
When the cream of tartar just wouldn't quite kick the infection, I started reading again. What would I do without the internet? After much reading, I found the answer!
The Magic Cure
Baking soda gets rid of urinary tract infections. I'm not kidding! I took 1 teaspoon in 8 ounces of water. I did this 3 times a day for the first day, then, 2 times the second day, and finally, 1 time on the last day. I felt relief by the end of the first day. After 3 days, my UTI went away and did not come back.
I am not a doctor, and I don't claim to have any medical knowledge (or much knowledge of other things, for that matter). You may want to talk to your doctor before trying this. For me, I could not afford to keep going to the doctor, so I figured it was worth a shot. I figured the worst-case scenario was that I would end up at the doctor's office - a place I was headed anyway! Luckily, baking soda worked, and to this day, I have not had to go to the doctor again for a UTI.
Warnings About Baking Soda
Here are a few warnings about taking baking soda:
-If you are going out on a hot date, do not take this before you go. You will burp like you've never burped before.
-Baking soda has a high amount of sodium. (After all, it is sodium bi-carbonate.) If you have any issues with high blood pressure, do not take it. It will raise your blood pressure.
-It is highly recommended that you take vitamin C when using baking soda to help regulate the alkalinity in your system.
-This will either work or it won't. If you don't find relief in the first few days, don't keep taking baking soda. See your doctor.
Now, girls, let's talk about a few things that might be causing your frequent infections. These are pretty personal. (Boys, it's not too late to get out.)
- Sexual intercourse can cause urinary tract infections. It is possible that your partner has a UTI and is passing it on to you. Men can be carriers of this infection and never even feel symptoms. Consider talking to your doctor about this possibility.
- The laundry detergent you are using can cause infections. If you are sensitive to scents and dyes, you might want to consider switching to dye free/scent free detergent and/or fabric softeners. The one with the cuddly little bear is probably the biggest offender in this department.
- Likewise, your soap could be causing the infections. This is what did it for me. I discovered that I can not use body wash of any kind. I have to use Dove for Sensitive Skin soap or I will end up with a UTI.
So, now that we have shared these personal details together, I feel so close to you! I hope these ideas will bring relief to someone out there. If you are suffering with a UTI, I hope you feel better soon!
pinky singh from Balliya on July 13, 2020:
there is numerous homemade remedy for UTI but most of the time it is seen people choose according to there money power or you can understand this who buy or apply common practices for treatment of UTI most of the time they suffer a lot in their life so always choose the right product or make the best decisions especially when it is about your health.
Al (author) from Florida on October 06, 2015:
I tried that once, but it did not work for me.
Rdz on October 05, 2015:
Try dmannose it's a natural remedy. The powder works for me.
Zebra on March 02, 2015:
I have had a horrendous time with UTI's the last couple of years, since having a hysterectomy and bladder sling. Nothing seems to work. I've tried every antibiotic, including a daily preventative one. I've used azo, palo azul, FemDophilus, D Mannose... baking soda makes me throw up. I am absolutely at my whits end. I hadn't realized before, but I think the fabric softener you mentioned has made them worse, but certainly didn't start the problem - that is going in the trash. My pelvic floor PT told me not to use any soap at all down there, because that area is a "self-cleaning oven." Yes, sex aggravates it, but not gonna stop; we use condoms, just in case my hubby might have an infection too. Your article is great, but it seems I'm still left searching for answers.
Al (author) from Florida on May 24, 2014:
Thanks for your input. Actually, it is not wrong. I did not say guys did not get UTIs. I just meant they were less likely to. I am aware of the fact that men can have UTIs as well. They just don't get them as often.
lizrowe on May 24, 2014:
The first line is wrong. Boys do get UTI. My 3 year-old son got one because he was not well bowel trained and got e-coli while bathing. UTI from e-coli is common in males who practice anal sx.
Al (author) from Florida on July 04, 2013:
Very interesting! Apparently, it all depends on the pH of your urine. That's why cranberry works for some and not others, as well.
I'm glad you found something that works! Thanks!
LaDena Campbell from Somewhere Over The Rainbow - Near Oz... on July 04, 2013:
I have had bladder and kidney infections since I was born...when I was younger I would have them probably once a month...for whatever reason they went to about once every three or four months...and now I am having them once or twice a year...the only thing, besides medication, that has helped is tomato juice...enough acid to help with the problem and not too acidic to cause more problems...I have tried your method before and it hasn't much helped me...but still great advice for others...
peachy from Home Sweet Home on July 04, 2013:
i used to have UTI problem, burning feeling when urine and itchy vagina. Had to swallow up pills and insert white pill into it to solve the problem. Now, i can use your method to reduce the pain. Thanks for the hub