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Your Poor Bladder...

This older lady has showed up in my office in a really bad shape.

She was asking for a bladder infection remedy.

Her bladder had been hurting for 3 years, on and off. The recurring bladder infections would somewhat improve while on antibiotic. She repeated her antibiotic treatments at regular intervals.

Finally, she developed very bad diarrhea and that was the breaking point. She simply needed to try something else.

UTI, cystitis, bladder infection.

All these term refer to urinary tract bacterial infection (UTI), which is felt as pain and unbelievable discomfort in the bladder.

If you match these symptoms then you belong to the statistical 20 percent of women who have cystitis once a year. Yes, it affects women just as frequently as the common cold.

But it hits men too.

Honeymoon cystitis

Bladder and urinary infection in both genders is often associated with sexual activity. Bacteria, such E.coli (typically) migrate into the bladder and anchor themselves to its wall.

Severe pain with urination, sensation of urgency, sometimes blood in the urine, are all the hallmark of cystitis (inflammation of the bladder).

Since a bladder infection home remedy is the last thing on all honeymooners’ shortlist, the honeymoon is…well…over.

Sexually transmitted ??!

Not in the traditional sense. BUT you don’t want to have sex when you suffer from cystitis.

And most likely you wouldn’t be able to anyway.

Sex is not the only cause of cystitis.
Drugs use or hormonal changes changes, such as menopause, may also prompt cystitis.

Not to mention prolonged exposure to cold.

Worse in men

Gentlemen, take it seriously should happen to you. Bladder infection in men may signal more serious problem, prostatitis for instance or other serious underlying disease.

So please, get thoroughly checked.

And yes, bladder infection home remedies described here apply to you too. Although you may want to support your prostate health at the same time.

Bladder Infection Do's and Don'ts

OK, here you go.

  • Take hot baths (sitz baths) for 20 minutes twice daily. They will help relieve pain. You can add 1 cup of vinegar and alternate with garlic juice.
  • Drink plenty of fluids. Distilled water. Pure, unsweetened cranberry juice (no drinks/cocktails). Cranberry is a very popular bladder infection home remedy. It will produce hippuric acid in the urine, inhibiting bacterial growth.
  • Take a good bacteria supplement (they are called probiotics)
  • Include watermelon, celery and parsley in your diet
  • Up to 5000 mg time relased vitamin C in divided doses. This may help produce acidification of urine. Bad bacteria truly hates that.
  • Herbs, such as cranberry, parsley, buchu, uva ursi are nearly miraculous (well... close to), inexpensive and - historically speaking - very beneficial
  • This one is for MEN but will work for ladies, too. It is known as cornsilk

The NOs

No iron or zinc supplements during infection. Bacteria requires iron for growth and will thank you if you supply it.

No coffee, colas, chocolate and alcohol (sorry)

No white sugar and milk during infection. Those products feed the bacteria.


Do I have to say this?

Practice a good hygiene.
Keep the private areas dry and clean.

BUT: avoid bubble baths, soaps, sprays and douches.
They may cause further irritation.
Women should wear white cotton underwear, avoid nylon.
Try to stay away from all tampons.


The epilogue of the older lady’s story

She eagerly accepted the entire program along with instructions on how to cure bladder infection. Her symptoms disappeared within days. No antibiotics ever since.

Consult your doctor before using any of the above if you are currently taking prescription medication. Do not discontinue use of any prescription medication without your doctor’s knowledge and approval. Nothing written or portrayed in this website should be taken as prescription, diagnoses or a substitute for consultation with a competent medical doctor. For educational purposes only, this article is not intended to replace qualified, medical professionals.