Did you know there is a technical school called UTI? I chuckle every time I see the commercial for it. You KNOW it was a man who named that, because no woman would name anything after a urinary tract infection.
For years, I suffered from bladder infections, and for years, if I got one, a trip to the doctor was inevitable. I knew I had an infection because I would have a powerful urge to go to the bathroom. Using the bathroom would not relieve this feeling. It was very painful.
People said to drink cranberry juice. I tried that. It made the infection angry.
People said to take over-the-counter medicines. I did that. It just turned my urine red.
People said not to drink anything but water. I drank and drank and drank. It didn't help.
I've labeled 2009 as, "The Year of the Bladder Infection." Honestly, I had a UTI for months and months. I would go to the doctor or walk-in clinic and spend a fortune since I did not have medical insurance. I would take the antibiotics and get relief as long as I was on the medicine. Then, the infection would come back with a vengeance. After almost 9 months of infections, I started researching natural cures. What I found was so simple that it made me want to smack my forehead. I had spent hundreds and hundreds of dollars, and the answer to my problems was in my pantry!
The dose that I took was 1/2 teaspoon in 4 ounces of water, 3 times a day. I got to the point that I would just eat the stuff and rinse it with water. It wasn't horrible to take, although I can't say it tasted great.
When the cream of tartar just wouldn't quite kick the infection, I started reading again. What would I do without the internet? After much reading, I found the answer!
I am not a doctor, and I don't claim to have any medical knowledge (or much knowledge of other things, for that matter). You may want to talk to your doctor before trying this. For me, I could not afford to keep going to the doctor, so I figured it was worth a shot. I figured the worse-case scenario was that I would end up at the doctor's office - a place I was headed anyway! Luckily, baking soda worked, and to this day, I have not had to go to the doctor again for a UTI.
Here are a few warnings about taking baking soda:
-If you are going out on a hot date, do not take this before you go. You will burp like you've never burped before.
-Baking soda has a high amount of sodium. (After all, it is sodium bi-carbonate.) If you have any issues with high blood pressure, do not take it. It will raise your blood pressure.
-It is highly recommended that you take vitamin C when using baking soda to help regulate the alkalinity in your system.
-This will either work or it won't. If you don't find relief in the first few days, don't keep taking baking soda. See your doctor.
Now, girls, let's talk about a few things that might be causing your frequent infections. These are pretty personal. (Boys, it's not too late to get out.)
- Sexual intercourse can cause urinary tract infections. It is possible that your partner has a UTI and is passing it on to you. Men can be carriers of this infection and never even feel symptoms. Consider talking to your doctor about this possibility.
- The laundry detergent you are using can cause infections. If you are sensitive to scents and dyes, you might want to consider switching to dye free/scent free detergent and/or fabric softeners. The one with the cuddly little bear is probably the biggest offender in this department.
- Likewise, your soap could be causing the infections. This is what did it for me. I discovered that I can not use body wash of any kind. I have to use Dove for Sensitive Skin soap or I will end up with a UTI.
So, now that we have shared these personal details together, I feel so close to you! I hope these ideas will bring relief to someone out there. If you are suffering with a UTI, I hope you feel better soon! -Al