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What can you do for a UTI besides antibiotics?


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sorry guys. I have too many health problems and questions these days and I need your support.

I got a phone call from my doctor that I have UTI and  she prescribed  antibiotics.

What else can I do for that infection besides taking antibiotics? anyone has any ideas? I googled for more information but did't get that much on what I wanted to know.

 

the funny thing is I learnt about all these problems when I went to my doctor for a physical and I was even lazy to go.:)

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Original Post by safina1:

Original Post by pgeorgian:

can't believe i have to say this: do what your doctor told you to do. 

 pg, I asked what else BESIDES antibiotics I can do? my doctor didn't say anything except taking the antibiotics. she is very busy and don't talk that much. I was thinking that sharing a bathroom with others is not a good idea for me or even using the public restrooms?  maybe wash and clean the area everyday with soap and warm water? or maybe it doesn't help? I don't know. I mean what else I can do to help fighting this?

 Hey Safina, from my experience as a nurse, I personally would not treat a UTI unless you were having symptoms.  I don't want to get too technical, but some people "colonize" bacteria and will show that they have an infection when it truely isn't.  Do you have pain with urination, fever, kidney pain (Low back).  If not drink several extra glasses of water for the next several days and see if you "get sick".  It is possible to over treat with antibiotics.  As far as the cranberry juice goes, you'd have to drink over a gallon a day to "prevent" an UTI.
Also, good hygeine is a good preventive.  Public restrooms are usually not the issue, it's not "wiping" properly, not urinating after sex, and "holding" your urine too long.  Also not drinking enough fluids to "wash" out the bacteria.

Hope that helps.

PS If you start the antibiotics do not discontinue them until you have taken all of them.  By stopping mid treatment you may be setting yourself up for a "super infection" later down the road.

Leslie

you guys are awsome. such a great advice, lonerstar. thanks.

My symptoms were not that severe. last year, when I used to work out ( not anymore ), I remember feeling severe lower back pain that I had to stop running on the treadmill more than one time because of the pain. I had that pain several times but I don't have it now. also, a few weeks ago, I felt like burning when urinating. that happened twice I guess. that is all. 

so cranberry is only to " prevent" not to help to " cure", right?

I have two questions:

1- is EColi the cause of UTI? 

2- I read that there are three types of UTI. here is what I got from a website " An infection can be limited to the urethra. If bacteria move to the bladder and multiply, a bladder infection, called cystitis, results. If the infection is not treated promptly, bacteria may then travel further up the ureters to multiply and infect the kidneys. A kidney infection is called pyelonephritis." 

how do I know if the infection is in my urethre or kidneys or bladder?? should I call my doctor again? I just don't want it to reach the kidneys because I think that is where it becomes dangerous.

 

 

Drink tons of cranberry juice. REAL cranberry juice.

I drink 100% pure cranberry juice and I still get them sometimes. Same for yeast infections. My ob/gyn told me women with PCOS are more likely to get the infection because we have more sugar in our urine. Same with diabetics.

It won't reach your kidney's if you take care of it now. My mom ignored hers and it ended up there... very painful. Antibiotics set her straight and then she got a yeast infection (antibiotics are notorious for causing yeast infections).

I also read somewhere, don't know how true it is, but to eat more yogurt because it has the good bacteria to help prevent these infections.

There is no cure other than antibiotics once you have the infection... just preventatives.

thanks, foodiecutie and cptbunny. I am getting worried now. Do I have Ecoli in my body? I wish my ob/gyn had more patience to answer all my questions but she doesn't.

cptbunny, have you got the blender or not yet?:)

I don't think you have ecoli in your body... just take your medication as directed and carry on. ;)

I did! ;O It works nicely too. Laughing

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Original Post by safina1:

I wish my ob/gyn had more patience to answer all my questions but she doesn't.

 You need to make her answer the questions.

Here is what my doctor told me:

1) Urinate before/after sex.
2) Drink cranberry or take a supplement to prevent.
3) Wipe front to back.

Also, while you are taking the antibiotics, eat more yogurt to prevent a yeast infection.  I actually just ask my doctor for a yeast infection prescription whenever I have an antibiotic, because it is so common for me.  Also, to relive pain (if you have any) take Uristat.  This is a symptom masker, not a cure.  So you'll still need antibiotics.

I just did some checking, and yes, bubble baths can be an irritant, so people who are prone to getting them are advised against them.  It does say short bubble baths are okay if you rinse the area afterward and then urinate. 

I had heard this when my daughter was young and had a few UTIs. 

Original Post by safina1:

oh no :( no bubble baths or bath salts for me? :(  why? I like to take them to relax.

thanks anyway.

As I recall the warmth of the water helps things grow and could help things spread.  Bubble baths and things can irritate, think open cut soaked in perfumed water.  The bath thing turned out to be why I got them.  I was 20 before I could take a nice bath again. 

 

Also some one mentioned eating yogurt.  I know it can help prevent yeast infections but (I could be wrong) I believe if you eat it with or too close to taking Ur anti biotic that the yogurt reduces its effectiveness.  I think I read that someplace, I'm going to try and find the article to confirm. 

 

Yep, everything everyone has said: Pee before and after (most important) sex, wipe front to back, and drink cranberry juice.

Please, don't overwash down there. I remember my first roommate kept complaining of getting yeast infections when she washed, scrubbed, and shoved soap bars up there to keep clean. Um, overkill?

Here's another tip I heard, I'm not sure if it's true (especially because it came from my first roomie): Take a tampon applicator (without the cotton in it, just the plastic), fill it with plain yogurt with live cultures, and um, insert. Has anyone else heard of this one?

Original Post by muttlover:

Yep, everything everyone has said: Pee before and after (most important) sex, wipe front to back, and drink cranberry juice.

Please, don't overwash down there. I remember my first roommate kept complaining of getting yeast infections when she washed, scrubbed, and shoved soap bars up there to keep clean. Um, overkill?

Here's another tip I heard, I'm not sure if it's true (especially because it came from my first roomie): Take a tampon applicator (without the cotton in it, just the plastic), fill it with plain yogurt with live cultures, and um, insert. Has anyone else heard of this one?

 thanks, Mutt. has your roommate tried this?? no way, I can try this LOL

Original Post by safina1:

you guys are awsome. such a great advice, lonerstar. thanks.

My symptoms were not that severe. last year, when I used to work out ( not anymore ), I remember feeling severe lower back pain that I had to stop running on the treadmill more than one time because of the pain. I had that pain several times but I don't have it now. also, a few weeks ago, I felt like burning when urinating. that happened twice I guess. that is all. 

so cranberry is only to " prevent" not to help to " cure", right?

I have two questions:

1- is EColi the cause of UTI? 

2- I read that there are three types of UTI. here is what I got from a website " An infection can be limited to the urethra. If bacteria move to the bladder and multiply, a bladder infection, called cystitis, results. If the infection is not treated promptly, bacteria may then travel further up the ureters to multiply and infect the kidneys. A kidney infection is called pyelonephritis." 

how do I know if the infection is in my urethre or kidneys or bladder?? should I call my doctor again? I just don't want it to reach the kidneys because I think that is where it becomes dangerous.

 

 

 Yes, E Coli can cause UTI's.  E Coli lives naturally in the colon, (Bowel) and so if you wipe from back to front you can cause an UTI, as can sex.  I doesn't matter how far up the infection has gotten, usually if the symptoms are mild or have just started it's an infection of the first part of the urinary tract.  If you are symptomatic take the antibiotics.  And yes eating yogurt can prevent you from developing a yeast infection, because antibiotics kill both bad bacteria and good bacteria and yogurt can maintain the natural flora of our bodies.

Cranberry Juice and extra hydration eases the infection; but you really do need an antibiotic to kill the bacteria.   I've had them so severe I was urinating blood and passed out on a public bathroom floor with my pants down!!!!!  They're nothing to mess with.

I suggest getting a script called in asap & take Uristat.  It's over-the counter and it's for pain releif of a UTI.

I would take cranberry urinary health supplements until the symptoms go away. But beware, if after 2 weeks you begin manifesting symptoms of fever, back/kidney pain, you need to go see a doctor and get antibiotics. I once took cranberry supplements when I had a UTI, and it only masked my symptoms. After a few weeks, I had a raging kidney infection. Of course, I've also taken supplements when I had very mild UTI symptoms, and the infection cleared up. Just watch for the warning signs, whatever you do.

Original Post by safina1:

Original Post by muttlover:

Yep, everything everyone has said: Pee before and after (most important) sex, wipe front to back, and drink cranberry juice.

Please, don't overwash down there. I remember my first roommate kept complaining of getting yeast infections when she washed, scrubbed, and shoved soap bars up there to keep clean. Um, overkill?

Here's another tip I heard, I'm not sure if it's true (especially because it came from my first roomie): Take a tampon applicator (without the cotton in it, just the plastic), fill it with plain yogurt with live cultures, and um, insert. Has anyone else heard of this one?

 thanks, Mutt. has your roommate tried this?? no way, I can try this LOL

My roommate was treating a yeast infection, but the yogurt-tampon may help the recovery and prevention of UTI's. I would definitely do some research, first, though.

If you decide to do it, prepare yourself--that thing is COLD. :P

Original Post by muttlover:

Please, don't overwash down there. I remember my first roommate kept complaining of getting yeast infections when she washed, scrubbed, and shoved soap bars up there to keep clean. Um, overkill?

OMG I was like this for a loooong time (minus the shoving of the soap :O). I would wash 3-4 times a day and I had so many yeast infections and UTIs and I had no idea why, in my head I was SO clean. Now I wash morning and night and I'm relatively infection free (my last one was 3 months ago, last UTI was in 08). I have freakin' yeasty skin apparently (I suffer from seborrheic dermatitis - yeast infection on the scalp, looks like dandruff).

*mutters something about life being unfair*

 


I've never heard of using yogurt for a UTI, but I heard of using it for a yeast infection though I would never ever do that (I don't even use the creams - pills only!).

Ive had enough UTI's to tell you there is no other cure besides antibiotics. I tried to think i could cure it with the cranberry pills but that only helps with the pain and to prevent. Cranberry pills purpose helps flush the bacteria from bladder and help coat the walls but if there is already an infection your kind of screwed. Also keep your fluids up. No soda, tea or coffee cause they will dehydrate you. If you ignore a UTI you will start peeing blood and it will be so painful its not even funny. My last UTI (which was over 4 yrs ago) was the worst. The nurse asked me if I was still on my period cause their was so much blood in my urine.

Yeast infections you can cure on your own,ONLY if you 100% know that all the symptoms are a YI otherwise see a doctor cause it could be more serious. If I feel one coming on I will just down 4 acidophilous(sp?) pills a day until i feel its cleared. I also try to prevent by eating at least one plain yogurt a day. Y.I's are mostly from an imbalance in your bodies chemistry.

After experiencing both of these I will have to say that I do choose a UTI over a Yeast infection.

Thanks, guys. Much appreciated. Such a great advice from all of you. 

gem. how do you cure a yeast infection? I have tried to discuss this with my OBGYN but she is too busy to address two issues in the same session, she said I will have to schedule for another time if I want to discuss that with her. I think a yeast infection is very common right? 

The only symptoms I have is the feeling of burn when urinating. It is almost gone after the antibiotics. But last year, I had a severe kidneys pain. what does that mean? I forgot to mention that to my doctor, should I call her to tell her about or just take the anitbiotics and it would be sufficient? 

also, I get very gassy after taking the antibiotics. is that normal or it is just because of my diet? I guess the dead bacteria can  produce gas??? does anyone know?? I am not too sure... 

"The only way to clear out an infection is with antibiotics. Unless, you want it to spread to your kidneys and bladder, and have a bigger mess than you have now. To prevent, always pee before AND after sex, and drink cranberry juice or take a cran. supplement regularly."

 

^^that's just simply not true at all- i see a naturopath/homeopath, and i cleared up a bladder infection using d-mannose. you can get that at a compounding pharmacy. & this is just my experience, but cranberry doesn't really do anything, as far as i can tell! and that whole pee before & after thing? didn't help me either. i had 6 bladder infections in 7 months while following a regular doctor's advice! also, just a note, antibiotics will make your yeast issues worse. :(

boric acid, for the yeast.

pirate, if antibiotics, cranberry juice and that whole pee before and after sex are all bad methods, so what is good then?

and what boric acid?

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