Recently, 1st News wrote about bladder infections: symptoms and causes. The infection can cause uncomfortable symptoms, such as the sudden urge to urinate. It may also cause pain while urinating and abdominal cramping.
But a combination of medical and home treatments may ease these symptoms. If left untreated, bladder infections can become life-threatening. This is because the infection can spread to the kidneys or blood.
Bladder infections are the most common type of urinary tract infection (UTI). They can develop when bacteria enter the urethra and travel into the bladder.
The urethra is the tube that takes urine out of the body. Once bacteria go into the urethra, they can attach to the walls of the bladder and multiply quickly.
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Here are effective bladder infection remedies.
Drink more water
Water flushes out the bacteria in your bladder. This helps get rid of the infection faster. It also dilutes your urine, so urinating may be less painful.
Urine is made of waste products from your body. Concentrated, dark urine may be more irritating and painful to pass when you have a bladder infection.
Diluted urine is lighter in color and usually doesn’t irritate as much.
It helps eliminate the infection by moving bacteria out of the bladder. “Holding it,” or not going to the bathroom when you need to; allows time for the bacteria to continue multiplying in the bladder.
Frequent urination may also be helpful to urinate after having sex. Sexual activity can push bacteria deeper into the urethra in both men and women.
Urinating after sex may help flush bacteria away from your urinary tract. This prevents germs from settling and causing an infection.
These kill the bacteria causing the bladder infection. If you have a UTI, you usually need medication to get rid of the germ causing the infection. Experts recommend treating UTIs with antibiotics.
Call your doctor if your symptoms last longer than two days or become worse. You’ll likely need antibiotics to treat your bladder infection.
Severe bladder infections can cause pain in the pelvic region; even when you’re not urinating. Antibiotics will treat the infection.
Keep in mind it may take a day or two before the drugs start to help. Taking pain medications may relieve abdominal cramps, back pain, and any discomfort you may feel.
Putting low heat across your abdominal region or back; may soothe the dull ache that sometimes occurs during bladder infections. This can be especially helpful when used together with your medications.
Bacteria thrive in warm and moist environments. For women, tight jeans and other tight clothes can trap moisture in delicate areas. This creates a breeding ground for vaginal bacteria.