10 Ways To Cope With UTI Pain
Do you feel pain and burning sensation while passing urine? If yes, there’s a strong chance you’ve got a urinary tract infection. UTI infections are more common in women because of the proximity of the anus and urethra which allows bacterial inoculation in the perineal tissues. UTI infections can make you feel terrible, and if the situation is not controlled early it can become a life-threatening disorder
What Is Urinary Tract Infection?
About half of all women suffer from a urinary tract infection, or UTI, at some point in their lives. It happens due to abnormal growth of pathogens in the system that carries urine out of body parts like the kidneys, bladder, and the tubes that connect them. UTI is characterized by symptoms like pain, burning sensation, dysuria, fever, foul-smelli, and lower abdominal pain. Sometimes it may also result in permanent scarring of the kidney.
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10 Ways to Cope With Pain During a Urinary Tract Infection
Well, popping an antibiotic pill may seem the most convenient way to find relief from painful UTI symptoms. But, it’s not the only way to get rid of your UTI symptoms. Antibiotic pills can help you tackle the infection when it is bad. Some remedies don’t require a prescription and can be done right at home. Let’s see how you can cope up with your UTI symptoms at home.
1. Flush out the bacteria
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Drinking plenty of water is the gold standard rule to flush out toxins, bacteria, and impurities from your body. Drinking at least six to eight 8-ounce (oz) glasses of water each day can keep all your infections away. Drinking water will help you flush away the bacteria causing UTI every time you pee and will put you on the track of recovery.
2. Vitamin C To Keep Bacteria’s Away
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Vitamin C helps boost our immune system. They have the potential to keep the germs away by increasing the capacity of the body to fight them. Getting plenty of foods rich in Vitamin C is important in UTI as it makes the urine acidic and inhibits the growth of bacteria by making the condition unfavorable.
3. Heating Pad to Soothe Your Pain
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Symptoms of UTI like pain, inflammation, irritation, burning, and pressure around your pubic area, may hinder your daily activities and affect your quality of life terribly. In such a case, applying a heating pad on the infected area can provide a soothing effect.
4. Adapt A Healthy Lifestyle
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UTI symptoms may exacerbate the intake of coffee, alcohol, spicy foods, carbonated drinks, and artificial sweeteners. This is because these are known to irritate your bladder further and may delay the process of recovery. Focus on healthy foods, such as a high fiber diet that is good for your digestive health and can promote easy recovery.
5. Empty your bladder frequently
Do not hold in your pee. Every time you empty your bladder, you flush out some germs. So, empty your bladder frequently and get rid of some of the bacteria that is causing the infection.
6. Eat lots of fruits and vegetables
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Do you know, fruits and vegetables contain a natural sugar called D-mannose that may help to prevent and treat UTIs? Yes! Researchers have reported that D-mannose can keep the bacteria off from the walls of the urinary tract. This is because D-mannose sugar attracts those bacteria due to its sugary nature.
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Germs attack when you don’t maintain your hygiene.
Wear comfortable loose cotton clothing and underwear.
Always wipe yourself clean from front to back.
Choose good hygiene products that are fragrance- free.
8. Meat Products
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Meat or meat products often contain some bacteria which are usually dead when cooked nicely. But in certain cases when it is not properly cooked these germs can escape our digestive system and travel into the urinary system causing UTIs. so, it’s recommended to consume vegan food if you have UTI or any infection.
9. Cranberry juice
Caption: Cranberry juice for UTI
Cranberry juice or cranberry extract is a folklore medicine for treating UTI. This cranberry juice is known to be the best home remedy for UTIs. The proanthocyanidins in cranberries help keep the bacteria off from clinging to the bladder wall, and prevent the infection from spreading.
10. Sodium Bicarbonate Salt
Caption: Sodium bicarbonate salt for UTI
1/2 to 1 teaspoon of baking soda in water taken on an empty stomach may help detoxify your kidneys and prevent the spread of infection. Sodium bicarbonate solution may also help reduce the level of acidity in the urine, which may in turn help ease the symptoms of a UTI.
To ease the symptoms of UTI one can eat bladder-friendly foods like Bananas, fruit pears, green beans, winter squash, and potatoes.