How Does a Natural Treatment for UTI Work?
A natural treatment for UTI is not based on antibiotic therapy, but rather natural supplementation. Why is treatment so necessary? Can a UTI be treated naturally?
Treating simple cystitis or urethritis
In a case of simple cystitis or urethritis (isolated non-recurrent urinary tract infection), doctors may suggest the following:
- A urinary antiseptic for 10 days
- Short antibiotic treatment over 3 days
- A single dose treatment is effective with the majority of germs involved in acute cystitis
- In a case of acute pyelonephritis or acute prostatitis, it is usual for a doctor to prescribe antibiotics for 2 to 3 weeks. Antibiotic therapy should be adapted to the results of the antibiogram.
- In the case of severe fevers, a deterioration of the general state of the patient or multiple complications (sepsis, renal abscess) could prompt the doctor to consider hospitalization. Double antibiotic therapy is often prescribed intravenously the first 2 or 3 days, before relying on tablets.
- In the case of pyelonephritis due to a blockage (kidney obstructed for example), drainage is indicated in order to save the kidney. This is done by natural means, most often.
A urine culture is performed 2 days after stopping antibiotics, which helps the doctor to verify the effectiveness of whatever treatment was provided. Apart from the case where kidney drainage interventions are required, always drink plenty of water to ensure proper hydration. To learn more, read information on treating cystitis naturally.
Tips and other information
As many factors help to correct bladder problems, simple hygiene is often enough to eliminate cystitis in women. For instance, women should:
- Drink more than 1.5 liters a day
- Ensure the bladder is completely empty during each trip to the bathroom
- Wipe correctly after each bathroom break
- Treat constipation as soon as it occurs
- Urinate immediately after intercourse
- Avoid tight trousers and underwear made of synthetic fibers that promote perspiration and the multiplication of germs
If a person does not follow these measures, the doctor may have to propose a long-term treatment made of small doses of antibiotics. If you are interested in a holistic and natural approach, it is still necessary to consult a doctor. He or she will be able to determine if the products are safe to take and if they will actually work.