Bladder Infection and effective Home Remedies to deal with it

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Bladder infections are known as cystitis or inflammation of the bladder. They are common in women but very rare in men. About 20% of all women get at least one bladder infection at some time in their lives. However, a man's chance of getting cystitis incr

Bladder infections are known as cystitis or inflammation of the bladder. They are common in women but very rare in men. About 20% of all women get at least one bladder infection at some time in their lives. However, a man's chance of getting cystitis increases as he ages due to in part to an increase in prostate size.

Bladder infection is also called urinary tract infection, or UTI. most UTIs are not serious, they can be a painful nuisance. Approximately 50 percent of all women will have at least one UTI in her lifetime with many women having several infections throughout their lifetime. Fortunately, these infections are easily treated with antibiotics.

What Causes 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.

Home remedies for bladder infection

Use of Baking Soda: A mixture of 1/2 tsp baking soda in eight ounce glass of water can be very helpful on the first signs of urinary tract infection. The presence of baking soda in your system raises the acid-base balance of the acidic urine.

Drinking water or fluids: It is very important for your system to have a good flow of urine. This can be done by consuming plenty of water. It cleanses your body by diluting and flushing out the unwanted substance. Fruit and vegetable juices are also excellent home remedies for bladder infection as they provide your body with the vitamins and minerals it requires to fight off the infection.

Treating Urinary Tract Infection by Cranberry Juice: Cranberry juice disallows bacteria to cling to the cell, which line the urinary tract. It is a great remedy to fight this infection. If you cannot have the cranberry juice directly you can mix it with apple juice to add some taste.

Fresh cranberry juice is one of the most effective home remedies for bladder infection and it is a better option as compared to bottled cranberry juice. Cranberry juice, extract or pill supplements are known to flush out the bacteria causing a bladder infection. However, if fresh cranberry juice is not available, you should choose a bottled variety that has the minimum amount of added sugars and additives. Processed sugars and additives could aggravate the condition and so they should be avoided as far as possible. Cranberry juice is one of the most commonly used home remedies for bladder infection in men and women.

Drumstick Flowers: A great herbal remedy for bladder infection includes a teaspoon of the fresh juice from drumstick flowers coupled with ½ a glass of coconut water. This remedy should be taken twice per day.

Radish Leaves: Consume one cup of radish leaf juice for two weeks to treat a bladder infection.

Spinach: Mix equal parts of fresh spinach juice with coconut water (about 100 ml each) to treat cystitis. It is the nitrates and potassium within these ingredients that create an effective and safe diuretic.

Hot Water: The pain associated with a bladder infection can be eased when immersing the pelvis in hot water.

Cold Compresses: Applying cold compresses to the stomach are known to relieve the congestion within the pelvic area, as well as increase the healing of the skin. When using this home remedy, make sure you do not overly chill the skin.

Lemon: Add a teaspoon of lemon juice to 180 ml of boiling water. Allow the mixture to cool and sip 60 ml of this concoction every two hours, starting at 8 am and ending at noon. This home remedy has been known to subside the burning sensation, as well as cease the bleeding associated with cystitis.

Consuming large amounts of acidophilus bifidus can also help eliminate bladder infection. Acidophilus bifidus are tiny live organisms found in yogurt. They can also be purchased in a condensed over-the-counter tablet form from the supermarket or drug store.

For those interested in an herbal remedy, a capsule called Juni-Pars can be helpful. This herbal capsule contains parsley root, juniper berries, goldenseal root, marshmallow root, lobelia herb, uva ursi leaf, and ginger root. Each of these herbs is known for its ability to cleanse the body.

Sandalwood Oil: When it comes to bladder infections, sandalwood oil has been known to act as a great home remedy. Take five drops of the oil during the onset of the infection, eventually working your way up to 10-30 drops.

Treating Urinary Tract Infection by Aromatherapy                                    

You can make an essential oil by using equal parts of sandalwood, bergamot, tea tree, frankincense and juniper. Mix all these ingredients to make an oil to be rubbed over your bladder area. Continue this massaging technique for three to four days once the symptoms subside. This is one of the simplest home remedies for bladder infection and can also be used from time to time to prevent bladder infection. These aromatherapy treatments are used to reduce the severity of the symptoms and not the infection itself and are considered to be excellent home remedies for bladder infection symptoms.

Soaking in a bath with apple cider vinegar added to the water can also be beneficial. It can help treat the bladder infection, while reducing symptoms and bringing relief from the burning sensation typically associated with the infection.

Preventing Bladder Infections

While many of the causes of bladder infection are out of our control, taking some preventive measures can reduce the chance of infection.

Stay hydrated: drink six to eight glasses of water a day.

Avoid tight, constricting clothes and synthetic underwear.

Reduce or eliminate caffeine beverages.

Women should urinate before and after intercourse, to help clean out bacteria.

Women should wipe from front to back after urinating to move potential bacteria away from the urethra.

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The Signs of Something Serious

There are four major symptoms that should send anyone with a bladder infection (whether it's the first or the fifth, it doesn't matter) to the doctor. They are:

Blood in the urine

Pain in the lower back or flank


Nausea or vomiting

Useful links and resources:

* Understanding Bladder Infections - Basic Information

* Detecting the Symptoms of a Bladder Infection

* Urinary Tract Infection Symptoms