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Are there home remedies for a urinary tract infection?

There are a variety of self-care measures (home remedies) and other treatments available for urinary tract infections.

  • Use a hot-water bottle to ease pain.
  • Drink plenty of water.
  • Avoid coffee, alcohol, and spicy foods, all of which irritate the bladder.
  • There are some indications that cranberry juice can help fight a urinary tract infection.

Because the symptoms of a urinary tract infection mimic those of other conditions, someone should see a health-care professional if a urinary tract infection is suspected. A urine test is needed to confirm an infection. Self-care is not recommended.

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Comment from: Konkelvonk, 25-34 Male (Patient) Published: June 29

One word people, sauerkraut! I had urinary tract infection for 15 years from a spinal cord injury. I tried antibiotics, spent thousands on herbs, nothing came close to homemade sauerkraut.

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Comment from: Kelly, 55-64 Female (Patient) Published: February 12

D-Mannose and Oreganol P73 from North American Herb and Spice (NAHS) are helpful in treating a urinary tract infection. The first helps keep E. coli from sticking to the bladder wall. The second is a mild antibiotic for E. coli and other bacteria. The effective part of cranberry is the D-Mannose sugar in it. It is far more effective to buy the D-Mannose, which is concentrated, and take it than to buy the cranberry juice or capsules.

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Comment from: lbird, 65-74 (Patient) Published: July 01

By accident I found that if I drink 2 glasses of water, get into the hot tub, keep submerged at least to waist level for 20 min, then immediately urinate (the urine will be hot!) that takes care of a caught-early urinary tract infection (UTI) for me.

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