How To Treat Urinary Tract Infection
Many women experience a burning sensation when they urinate and may wonder how to treat a urinary tract infection (UTI). Fortunately, treatment is easy and some things can be done at home before seeking medical treatment. With proper care a UTI may be prevented as well.
- Recognize the symptoms of a UTI. Knowing the symptoms will help you realize you have a UTI and start treatment early. Symptoms included dark cloudy urine, painful urination, and a constant feeling of needing to go. In some cases urine may appear pink because of blood in the urine.
- Drink more water and eliminate caffeinated and carbonated drinks immediately. Drinking plenty of fluids helps flush the bacteria out of the system. Try to drink a glass of water every hour while treating a UTI.
- Add cranberry to your diet. You can either drink cranberry juice along with the extra water or find cranberry pills at the local drugstore. Cranberry is a natural remedy for UTI.
- Seek medical attention if symptoms do not go away after a day or two. A doctor will prescribe antibiotics to kill the E.coli bacteria that causes a UTI. It is important to not wait too long before seeing a doctor. UTIs can cause damage to the kidneys and turn into a kidney infection.
- Take all medication as prescribed by the doctor. As always, you must complete the entire batch of antibiotics. Stopping once symptoms have left, but before the full course of medicine is complete may cause the UTI to return.
- Take precautions to prevent future UTIs. Continue to drink plenty of fluids and drink less caffeine and carbonated drinks. Always urinate before and after sex. The body fluids can block enter the urethra and cause infection.