Every year, millions of people contract these infections, and for some they are chronic, either never completely going away or recurring time and time again. Urinating with a UTI can be a painful experience. So drink water, and plenty of it. Several studies have shown that those who urinate more frequently have a much lower chance of contracting a UTI in the first place. Vitamin C in particular can be beneficial for UTI sufferers because evidence shows that it can increase the acidity of your urine, which in turn kills off bacteria. While you could just reach for a bottle of pills, the tastiest and most effective way to get your daily dose is to add more fruits and vegetables to your diet.
The increasing resistance of uropathogens to antibiotics, and recognition of generally self-limiting nature of uncomplicated urinary tract infection UTI suggests that it is time to reconsider empirical treatment of UTI using antibiotics. Identifying new and effective strategies to prevent recurrences and alterative treatment strategies are a high priority. We review the recent literature regarding the effects of functional food products, probiotics, vaccines, and alternative treatments on treating and preventing UTI. Especially among sexually active young women aged 18 to 24, uncomplicated urinary tract infection UTI is extremely common, affecting almost one out of five US women in this age group annually. Even among those experiencing frequent infections, uncomplicated UTI is not associated with loss of renal function or increased mortality [reviewed by[ 2 ]. However, the condition causes pain and suffering, and negatively impacts quality of life albeit transiently[ 3 ]. Pre-menopausal women invariably present with frequent, urgent and painful urination; suprapubic pressure and hematuria may also be present.
Urinary tract infections UTIs are often mild and can sometimes resolve on their own with nothing more than ample fluids and maybe a mild over-the-counter OTC pain reliever. However, if lasting for more than two days, you may benefit from a short course of antibiotics. This is especially true if the infection has moved from your bladder to your kidneys. In instances like these, home remedies and analgesics are unlikely to provide relief and may increase your risk of complications. While antibiotics are commonly prescribed to treat a urinary tract infection , attitudes have changed in recent years due to increasing rates of antibiotic-resistant E.