A Urinary Tract Infection (UTI) can be very painful and can become quite serious if the early symptoms are not treated immediately. It can be highly beneficial to have a natural treatment in your medicine cabinet in case these symptoms arise so you can treat the UTI before it has a greater effect on your kidneys.
What is a Urinary Tract Infection (UTI)?
A bacterial infection that arises within the urinary system is known as a UTI. In the initial stages, the lower urinary tract becomes infected (bladder and urethra) and, if not treated early, this can become more harmful as it spreads through to the ureters and the kidneys. If the infection spreads through to the kidneys then you should consult your doctor as antibiotics may be required.
What are the Symptoms of a UTI?
The initial symptoms of a UTI include a burning sensation whilst urinating and as the infection spreads this can cause frequent and extremely painful urination, blood in the urine and abdominal pain. If untreated, this can then infect the kidneys which can cause fever, abdominal and back pain, and even vomiting. At this stage, it is important to see your doctor immediately.
How to Treat a UTI with Herbal Remedies
Herbal-based supplements can assist with alleviating the burning and frequent need for urination in the initial phase of a UTI. Cranberry juice or capsules help to promote healthy urinary tract function, fight bacteria associated with UTIs and alleviate the initial symptoms of a UTI. If symptoms persist or advance, it is important to seek medical advice.
Preventative Measures for Frequent UTIs
If you are prone to UTIs, then preventative measures such as taking cranberry juice or capsules, or herbal teas such as birch, golden rod or Indian corn can be a good option for you. Both herbal alternatives are gentle on the body so will not cause adverse effects if taken when a UTI is not present. These herbs also help to promote healthy bladder and kidney function and will aid in fighting off UTIs in the future.
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