Urinary Tract Infection Treatments
Most mild lower urinary tract infections such as cystitis will clear up without the need for treatment after a few days. They can be uncomfortable and painful but symptoms can be eased with over-the-counter painkillers and by drinking plenty of water to flush the bladder.
Upper urinary tract infections such as pyelonephritis, or kidney infections are very painful and can make you rather poorly and lead to kidney damage or blood poisoning if not treated promptly. It is important to seek treatment in the form of antibiotics from your healthcare practitioner if you suspect you have a kidney infection.
How to Prevent UTI’s
There are some measure you can take to prevent UTI’s such as
- Avoid using perfumed soap on your genitals and take showers rather than baths
- Making sure you fully empty your bladder and don’t hold on
- Stay well hydrated by drinking plenty of water
- Empty your bladder as soon as possible after sexual intercourse
- Wear underwear made from cotton rather than synthetic fibres and avoid wearing tight jeans and trousers
A standard dose of paracetamol or ibuprofen can help to ease any bladder pain. Certain medications including painkillers are not suitable for everyone so please check that it is safe for you to use these types of painkillers.
Drinking plenty of water is thought to help flush the bacteria out of your bladder and some people find that this helps alleviate their symptoms.
There have been studies to find out whether cranberry juice can help prevent cystitis and UTI’s, however there is not enough evidence to back up the claims at the moment. Some people find that cranberry juice may help reduce their symptoms. It is important not to drink cranberry juice if you have interstitial cystitis as the levels of acidity could irritate the bladder further.
Sodium Bicarbonate & Potassium Citrate
These can be purchased over the counters at pharmacies and work by reducing the levels of acidity in your urine which will help to reduce the burning caused by cystitis.
If your symptoms are severe or last more than a few days then your GP may prescribe antibiotics to clear the infection. If you suffer from recurrent UTI’s then your GP may put you on a longer course low dose antibiotic to prevent the infection from returning.
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