Treat Your UTI At Home With These 4 Popular UTI Home Remedy Treatments
You wake up, go to the bathroom, and there it is: that painful burning sensation.
You know it’s a UTI. What do you do?
You may ask yourself:
- Can I Treat My UTI At Home?
- What are powerful home remedies for UTI’s?
- Do I have to go to the doctor?
- Are antibiotics my only option?
Whether you simply don’t want to take another round of antibiotics… or you don’t want to/can’t see your doctor, you are probably wondering: can I treat my UTI at home?
And that’s exactly what I’m going to address. Short answer: Maybe. Longer answer: read on!
Doctor + Antibiotics = Normal UTI Treatment
Most people do not treat their UTI at home. They head to the doctor ASAP. And it’s probably what you should do too.
Getting antibiotics is the go-to treatment. This is because UTIs typically start when the E. coli bacteria gets into the urinary tract, multiples, and infects. Antibiotics kill that bacteria. So within a day or two you will start to feel relief from the bad symptoms.
Then when your round of antibiotics is finished, you should be entirely infection free.
Then keep this in mind: UTIs are not the only problem with burning, painful urination.
Seeing the doctor can help you confirm whether or not you have a urinary tract infection or some other condition with similar symptoms – like a yeast infection or kidney stone. It may take a urinalysis to know for sure.
All this adds up to = just about everyone goes to the doctor.
Yet some people do not want to go to the doctor and take a round of antibiotics. Is it possible for them to treat this urinary tract infection at home? You can try. I’ll go over the warning signs below, so you can watch out for trouble.
But if you do choose to treat your UTI at home, there are some steps you can take to try and get rid of the infection and heal up.
4 Popular At-Home Treatments For UTI
As I already mentioned, the culprit of UTIs is most often E. coli. And antibiotics are not the only substance shown to kill off this yucky bacteria. In fact, you just may have a natural alternative: D-mannose.
Here’s how it works.
E. coli gets into your urinary tract system in some way. It enters the bladder and essentially “sticks” on the walls. Your body’s natural flushing system – urine – may not be able to pull it up and send out of the body. So there it sits, multiplies, and infects.
D-mannose is stickier than the bacteria. So it “grabs” the E. coli. Your urine can then flush out the D-mannose along with the E. coli.
Studies have shown:
- D-mannose may be more effective than antibiotics at preventing new UTIs
- When D-mannose levels decrease in the body, E. coli increases
You can take D-mannose in a pill form.
2. Hibiscus Extract
Up next is another all-natural supplement that can go toe-to-toe against E. coli – as well as other types of bacteria that could cause a UTI: hibiscus extract. That’s right, just like that tasty tea you like to order.
One study concluded: “the flower material can be taken as an alternative source of antibacterial agent against the human pathogens.”
Though drinking hibiscus tea is a great health booster, make sure to take the hibiscus in the concentrated extract formula when you are dealing with a UTI.
Water is one of the most important things for your urinary tract. It can help prevent and treat a UTI. The connection should be obvious. When you drink a lot of water, what do you make? A lot of urine. This helps you by:
- Preventing the concentration of urine (you know, when it looks dark yellow or even orange)
- Allowing your natural flushing system to flush away any bacteria just hanging out in your urinary tract
At your first sign of UTI, the last thing you probably want to do is go the bathroom more often – after all, it hurts! But it is incredibly important to keep yourself hydrated and to create plenty of urine.
4. Pain Management
The symptoms of a UTI don’t feel so great, so try managing the pain for a few days:
- Rest whenever you can
- Take over-the-counter pain medications (but stay away from NSAIDs)
- Use a heating pad on your lower abdomen if it hurts, but don’t apply it direct to skin
Cutting out any sort of irritating or inflaming food for a few days is a good idea. Limit citrus fruits and spicy foods. Make sure to stay away from alcohol and really limit your coffee intake.
When You Need To See Your Doctor
While you may really want to avoid the doctor’s office, sometimes it is incredibly important to see your doctor when you have a UTI. The last thing you want is an even more painful (and potentially dangerous) kidney infection creeping up.
Here are three instances in particular when you should stop your at-home treatment and seek medical attention:
- If your infection hasn’t shown signs of improvement in more than 4 or 5 days
- If you develop symptoms like fever, chills, nausea, vomiting, or sharp side pain (your infection may have gone up into your kidneys, which requires medical care and sometimes hospitalization)
- If you are pregnant
- If you have diabetes
- If you are older than 60 years old
- If you have any other serious medical condition like HIV, cancer, kidney disease/stones, etc.
Treating Your UTI At Home
Here’s the moral of the story: if you want to give UTI at-home care a try – great – but always, always, always pay close attention to your symptoms. If anything gets worse or if it won’t go away, see your doctor. Infections aren’t something to mess around with.
If you do not choose to treat your UTI at home, you can still use the four at-home remedies alongside your antibiotics for speedier healing.