Home Remedies for Urinary Tract Infection

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Urinary tract infections (UTIs) are a very common health problem. While both men and women get UTIs, women are more prone to them.

A UTI occurs when the bladder and its exit tubes are infected by bacteria. Some of the causes are sexual intercourse, waiting too long to urinate, pregnancy, menopause, and diabetes.

Common symptoms include a frequent urge to urinate, passing small quantities of urine, a burning sensation when urinating, change in urine color, abdominal pain, fever, nausea, and vomiting.

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Immediate treatment is necessary so that the infection does not cause damage to the kidneys. Many natural treatments can help prevent and treat UTIs.

Here are the top 10 home remedies for urinary tract infections.

1. Apple Cider Vinegar

Apple cider vinegar is a rich source of enzymes, potassium and other useful minerals that can prevent the bacteria that cause UTIs from multiplying or growing. Those suffering from UTIs can use apple cider vinegar as a natural antibiotic to treat the infection.

  1. Add two tablespoons of apple cider vinegar to a glass of water. You can also add lemon juice and sweeten with honey. Mix it well.
  2. Drink this two times a day for a few days.

2. Indian Gooseberry (Amla)

Indian Gooseberry is rich in vitamin C which in turn inhibits the growth of bacteria.

  1. Take a cup of water.
  2. Add one teaspoon of Indian gooseberry (amla) powder and one teaspoon of turmeric powder.
  3. Boil the solution until half the water evaporates.
  4. Drink the residue three times a day for three to five days.

You can also eat more fruits like lemons, oranges, bananas, guava, kiwi, melon, raspberries, tomatoes, and papaya that contain a good amount of vitamin C.

3. Cranberry Juice

Certain compounds like proanthocyanidins found in cranberries prevent bacteria from reaching the walls of the urethra and causing UTIs. Cranberry juice also has a very mild antibiotic affect.

  • Drinking half a glass of cranberry juice daily is one of the easiest ways to prevent urinary tract infections.
  • Those suffering from a UTI should drink about three to four glasses of cranberry juice daily to prevent the infection from causing damage to the kidneys.

You must drink unsweetened cranberry juice. You can mix it with apple juice to enhance the taste.
Warning: Do not take cranberry juice if you have a history of kidney stones.

4. Baking Soda

Baking soda will raise the acid-base balance of acidic urine and give you relief from the pain. Neutralizing the acidity in the urine also will help speed up recovery. Simply add one teaspoon of baking soda to a glass of water and drink it once or twice a day.

5. Tea Tree Oil

Tea tree oil has antibacterial properties to help fight the bacteria that cause bladder infections like UTIs.

  • Mix 10 drops of tea tree oil in your bath water and use this water to wash the urethra opening.
  • Alternatively, you can mix tea tree oil with equal amounts of juniper oil and sandalwood oil and rub this mixture on the abdominal region and on the area near the bladder. This is very effective in reducing pain associated with UTIs. Follow this remedy once daily for three to four days.
  • Another simple way to treat UTI is to soak in warm bath water mixed with two teaspoons of plain yogurt and six drops of tea tree oil. Do this daily for 10 minutes for about 10 days.

6. Blueberries

Blueberries have bacteria-inhibiting properties that can help in the treatment of UTIs. The antioxidants present in blueberries are good for the immune system, and they prevent growth of bacteria that causes UTIs.

  • You can add some fresh blueberries to your favorite cereal and have it for breakfast.
  • You can also make fresh blueberry juice and have it daily, in the morning and at night for quick results. Do not add any artificial sweetener to the juice.

Including fresh blueberries or juice in your daily diet is a good way to prevent UTIs, too.

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  1. It’s been a long time since i am suffering from UTI and OMG i am fed up with this and wanna get rid of it. I’ll make sure to try these things.

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  2. I have one kidney due to cancer, because of strokes, diabetes, epilepsy I cannot drink cranberry. Most oral antibiotic I cannotI have to take IV’s or get shots any suggestions?

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    • Can you have cranberry juice if it’s sugar free? How about sugar free yogurt? Most important one is drinking as much water as you can. You really need to speak with a doctor or pharmacist to find out if there is an alternative antibiotic you can have. Hope something works for you. Best of luck.

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  3. Thank you this is working I have a urine tract infection for almost 3 weeks and I just use all the spot its a one evening in it works no pain

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  4. Chelsea Prunick April 22, 2013, 7:10 pm

    I have had multiple uti’s in the past 2 years. Most of the time I end up going to the doctor to get a antibiotic. I am so tires of being on an antibiotic and I’m ready to try the more natural way of getting rid of this “no fun” infection! I have upped my water intake and cranberry intake and already feel the difference! Tonight I’m trying the tea tree bath along with the apple cider drink, blueberry tea,hot pad,and baking soda. Can’t wait to see more results!

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  5. I’ve tried the baking soda remedy and it was every effective. Within hours I felt a difference.

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  6. I am stunned but 2 hours after trying a few of these suggestions I am feeling so much better. I am on day 2 of feeling symptoms of a UTI. I’m not a the point of seeing a Dr. yet but I came online looking for information just like this.

    I drank the baking soda with water as well as the vinegar/honey with water. I only had canned pineapple but I figured a couple rings couldn’t hurt. I also took an ester C vitamin and drank an extra glass of water for good measure.

    The sensation to urinate went away after about 30mins with only a mild discomfort of lower abdomen pain. I thought maybe it was mind over matter but now that it’s been 2 hours and I was able to urinate without any burning sensation or the feeling of not having emptied my bladder… I’m sure that it’s not all in my head but that these measures really worked.

    Thank you for the great information and I would encourage anyone else to give these suggestions a try!

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  7. Baking Soda works if your body has enough vitamin C. Without the vitamin C you’ll just be drinking the baking soda without any effect. Be careful not to drink to much baking soda as it can give you serious stomach aches (build up of gases)

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  8. This is amazing and it really works

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  9. I have a UTI and I’m 15 this is my first EVER its VERY uncomfortable, especially in public place I’m going to do at least three of these tonight, i REALLLLYYY hope these remedies work

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  10. I did the baking soda and the vinegar drinks and felt a definite difference within three hours. I could tell the painful pinch had lessened significantly and I was urinating a lot more freely. Great advice!

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  11. I had a severe UTI brewing, went to the toilet 10 times in one hour and was dreading going through a whole night. Was really worried it would reach my kidneys as it had done once before. Thought I would try the baking soda, I put two teaspoons in a glass of water, noticed a difference within an hour! Did the same four hours later before I went to bed, was up only once during the night and definitely a significant difference with the pain! Highly recommend trying this. I am feeling heaps better today!!!

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  12. I’m so glad there are sights like this out there. I already knew about the cranberry juice, vinegar vit c and drinking lots of water…never heard of some of the other treatments, going to especially try the baking soda…thanks!

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  13. I have a bad uti and have heard that baking soda really works so here/goes. Need much pain reifle

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  14. Well, I’m 17..Firstly, I was living the wrong way knowing my dad is a pastor! Having sex drinking, &smoking sometimes! Anyway after sex last week, I got a strange feeling and I had no idea what it was when I pee so I thought nothing of it ! However mMonday morning, there was pain when I pee so I googled “it hurts when I pee” then I seen it, boom! You may have a uti! I thought “nooo god, not me!” So I looked up home remedies BC I didn’t want to go to the Dr. For a series of other reasons, but I tried the baking soda & acv, which worked wonders so I thought!I prayed evey day that god take this pain away but I realized my prayer wasn’t as genuine as I thought! I don’t think I had enough faith! Until yesterday Saturday morning, all the scriptures I read had the number 7 in it (the number of completion!)& one day in the week I was praying in my room &my light came on, so in conclusion I knew he would turn darkness to light &this will end on day 7!! Saturday evening I was in the shower praying to god pleading that he heal me, after I got out the song by Georgia mass choir song come on in the room came on, so I got in my “room” the closet as the woman did on the song and called for Dr Jesus! After that the song came on by john p. Kee, he’s able to keep you! Which was confirmation to me as I looked up in my closet and seen the number 702 on a box!!!!!the number 7! So that night I didn’t take any account or baking soda b I trusted god , I even had some ice cream! I slept great! I got up at 4and the symptoms were GONE! Even today, Sunday, the 7th day I thank god for my healing! Just wanted to share my testimony!!!!!!!

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    • Did you think after unprotected sex, it may not be a UTI? It could be an STD, which can eventually kill you if left untreated. God lets us reap what we sow. Reading all the “seven” verses, looking for “signs and wonders”, like the lights coming on and that song coming on, and the number seven included on a box, are not ways to get God to stop it from getting you. Perhaps what you need is to go to a doctor and tell him/her you are having unprotected sex, and need to learn how to protect yourself from yourself. No amount of using religion as an amulet to ward off the evil spirits will work. God is not a magician, don’t use Him as such. Read your Bible with an understanding to doing His word, not with a heart towards just getting what you want at any given time. And respect yourself. But, DO go to the doctor, and maybe tell your mother. And good luck.

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      • Carole, I enjoy having unprotected sex, I’ve enjoyed it for the past four years. I believe once I married my husband we were each others whole world and protection is a necessity to people who have one permanent sex partner. I am a happy Christian and take my blessings as they come and I work my way through my problems knowing God is there and he’s not the answer to everything. I have great medical insurance but think it’s a last resort to fill my body with drugs when there are so many natural ways. Things like blue berrys have been around for thousands of years and have always been food. God has taken care of his children in many ways in secrecy and you mean to scorn his love for man kind. You need to read your Bible with an understanding to doing his word. Good day!

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    • Scriptures have nothing to do with feeling better. If all you did was pray and tried none of the above remedies, your symptoms would probably be getting worse right now. You feel better because you decided to try some natural remedies. You did that, not god. I am glad you are feeling better but please don’t rely on prayer to cure you. You need to take better care of yourself and start by getting tested for sexually transmitted infections if you are having unprotected sex. Have your partner tested too if you want to keep having unprotected sex with him. Use a condom if you want to have different sexual partners as this is the only proven way to prevent std’s/sti’s short of abstinence. Most sti’s/std’s have the same symptoms as a uti or none at all. Please don’t be so naive, learn from your mistakes and be more careful in the future.

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      • Honestly, carole and stacy are completely wrong. Sure, Jesus does not want you to go out and have sex and sin. but His grace and love will make up for your wrong decisions. Jesus Christ IS the ultimate physician. His scriptures tell us that He will heal us, but it is all about our faith and belief in His healing. When we accept The Lord into our hearts, He gives us the power of healing, through Him. This way, we don’t have to beg God for healing, because when Jesus died on the cross, he took our sickness with Him. We simply pray, “Lord, I know that this is an attack from Satan, and I am already healed. I rebuke the enemy, and praise Your name, Jesus. I believe that I am already healed, by Your stripes.” And porknbeans, when the deciever sends people like carol and Stacy your way, just keep praising God!

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    • Thank you for that wonderful testimony. It comes to show that you put your complete trust in God, and you even prove it by eating ice cream which is not good for a UTI sufferer……God is a healer. If he did it for you, then I know that its already done it for me. Thank you heavenly father.

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  15. I have found UTI relief from drinking comfort tea (www.comfortteas.com). It usually works within 24 hours and most times I never need to go to the docto. The infection just clears up. It does make you pee a LOT!

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  16. I looked up a remedy for a UTI because I constantly get them and it was told to me, to take 1 teaspoon of baking soda and 3 teaspoons with vinegar and I must admit….it was nasty but it helped a whole lot compared to the high hospital bills with antibiotics and the UTI would come back so I recommend the baking soda and vinegar.

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  17. The baking soda works. That and flushing with water. I was amazed. Amazed. Also, D-Mannose really helps clear it up and taken daily will keep UTIs away :-)

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  18. Itworked!!! I am so happy!! I have gone to the doctor countless times and I am so excited!!! I will always do this now whenever I feel one coming on!!!! Thank you soooooo much!!!!

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  19. I tried the cider vinegar/honey one and got relief after a few doses.I’ll do it for a few more days to make sure,but it definitely worked for me.

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  20. The article is missing one important natural remedy: yogurt. Yogurt has natural good bacteria that your body needs to fight infections. Eating a cup or two of yogurt everyday in conjunction with eating blueberries, drinking cranberry juice and most importantly, drinking as much water as you can help treat mild cases of uti’s. However, if you have blood in your urine, you should get yourself on antibiotics immediately because that means it will soon enter your kidneys which could lead to a kidney infection and that is potentially life threatening if left untreated. If you have a fever, nausea and/or vomiting along with back pain with the other typical uti symptoms, you could already have a kidney infection and need antibiotics. These remedies should only be used on their own for MILD cases of uti’s. If it’s more severe, antibiotics are needed otherwise, you are putting your health at risk.

    I live in Canada so seeing a doctor for me is free. Every citizen pays extra taxes to have free health care but to me this is better than wondering whether or not I should go to the doctor when I’m sick. If I need to see a doctor, I see one. I had blood in my urine so I got antibiotics immediately. Only thing I have to pay for is the antibiotic which is Macrobid in my case. Cost of the antibiotic was around $15 so very affordable. Penicillin is even cheaper but I’m allergic. I have friends in the states who will purposely cross the border to be seen by a doctor in Canada because it’s apparently significantly cheaper than it would be for them to see a local doctor. Medications here are not marked up nearly as much as in the U.S. I truly empathize for anyone who does not see a doctor because they feel they can’t afford to. No one should ever have put their health at risk.

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    • @Stacy, I’m not sure how Americans can cross over for ‘medical tourism’ without confronting problems. Isn’t assumed that if a person is seeing a Canadian doctor and they are American or from the US that they are simply seeing medical help at a cheaper price?? Anyway, I’m dealing with a UTI and tested with an at home kit and tested positive Leukacytes. I’m going to try Baking soda, Honey and the Apple cider vinegar, Wish me luck! :-)

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  21. I am so gonna try what i have read tonight,been battling with UTI past one year,was at the clinic yesterday same old antibiotics :-(

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  22. very very thanks for best advice,today early morning since 3.30 i suffer from Uti,i do something but no effect,,so i seaching net,,i foind good information about it,,so i take banking soda ,,and i m in relief,,thanks again

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  23. its being dificult to urinate. Just a drop comes n it pains. I thought its bcoz i drink les water. N when i drink more water i.e.8to 10glases of water then am relievd, but again if amt of water is lowered, same prblm occurS. What could b d reason behin that? Is it lyk i hav to drin 10glases of water everyday entire my lyf! Please some sugesn. I am going to try bakin soda but wil that do?

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  24. I had to use the bathroom really bad and I held it in for a veryyy long time. When I finally went to go use the rest room there was blood in my urine. I had no idea what was going on. I finally found out what was wrong and now I am trying these AT HOME remedies. I am 17 so I can’t just get up and go to the DR. I don’t feel like telling any of my family members. I know my UTI is more severe but I think this should work. I have not experienced any pain at all. Only just that there is blood -_- That freaks me out and I’m trying to get it cleared up. I’m doing the vitamin C, extra water, apple cider vinegar, and baking powder.

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  25. On the onset of my UTI two days ago, I drank an 8 oz. glass of water with 2 tsps. of baking soda in the morning. Throughout the morning I was feeling fine until around noon. I was getting the UTI Pain in my bladder after relieving myself. Since I was at work I had no access to more baking soda. During lunch I went to my local drug store and purchased AZO (maximum strength to relieve UTI Pain) and within 20 min the pain was gone. BUT, AZO is just to relieve the UTI Pain, not to treat the UTI itself. (Must warn you, the AZO makes your urine orange in color).

    However, after searching the internet for more home remedies, I read that Apple Cider Vinegar (with Mother) mixed with 8 oz. of water is very beneficial. Because of its acids, when you drink this mixture 3 times a day along with more water, it flushes out the bacteria very quickly everytime you urinate because it is so potent. I strongly believe that this is the more natural antibiotic. I have been drinking this mixture for a day and a half now and it has been a life saver.

    Hoping these remedies are helping you all out!!

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  26. Hi, I am so glad I stumbled upon your site while trying to read up on UTI… and the whole works. I was looking for alternative cures.
    I had a relapse after a dose of antibiotics 3 weeks back. I do have my reservations for antibiotics but sometimes you don’t have timelly options. Now I am on a vaginal estrogen, for UTI caused by hormonal changes, according to my gyny.

    However, aside from things beyond my control, in my case I must say..the additional reasons could also be due to the habit of not drinking enough water, low fibre diet, neglecting health routines,etc.

    TQ for the comments…its interesting & helpful. I shall try out some of the natural/folk remedies given.

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  27. I am seventy-seventy and i always have UTI and i can’t go to the dr all the time and antibiotics don’t always work so i find this website,and i tried the baking soda and cider vineger and it worked!! Thanks for the helpful people,because i would still be in pain. What a blessing!

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  28. This morning I was awoken with the worst burning feeling in a long time and needed relief right away. It was 3am so the doctor’s office wasn’t open. I dug through my sister’s medicine cabinet (I was staying at her house thank god) and found Lady Soma Cranberry Tablets. I highly recommend this product in everybody’s medicine cabinet. The product worked within 20 minutes and I was able to go back to sleep!

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  29. The minute I even THINK I may have UTI, I start chugging pineapple juice. If it really feels bad, I get a giant pineapple smoothie from Smoothie King. Its a small miracle when you need relief and FAST. I also take Antioxidiants (Quercetin w/ Ester C) and Alka Seltzer morning and night. The Alka Seltzer works bc of the baking soda. Of course, if the infection isn’t gone within a day or two, it is time for antibiotics bc your UTI can spread and you’ll end up with a kidney infection.

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  30. heyy…..i recently had an intercourse and aftr it.next day i m suffering from this infection .i got a urine test done n consulted a doctor too….the percentage of infection is 45%.can u suggest me quick remedies to remove this problem completely coz i m not able to concentrate in studies because of this

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  31. I am suffering from UTI for the last 4 years but I always ignore this problem. Last time it was verse and I visit doctor so he give me antibiotic which was good but when I stopped the antibiotic it starts again. Today I drink baking soda with a glass of water. With in one hour I get rid of pain and swelling.

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  32. I tried the baking soda and water fallowed by the vinegar and water then sat down with a hot water bottle between my legs and feel 100 percent better!!! Ty very much Kat

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  33. I have had recurrent UTIs for years.. Usually resorted to antibiotics to get rid of. Even taking a low dose antibiotic before sex to prevent. I tried d mannose and that seemed to help. I recently had a UTI that was treated with a 10 day course of antibiotics, and the symptoms were lessened but remained.. The funny feeling you get when you know one is coming on, slight burning.. Etc.. Subsequent cultures were negative for Uti.. Very frustrating to have all the symptoms and no infection and not knowing what to do..
    I firmly believe my bladder was inflamed from the antibiotic use..
    I went on acididophillis twice daily, drank warm lemon water twice a day..took tumeric powder pills three times a day (tumeric is a huge anti-inflammatory)
    Along with once a day Acv with water..
    For anyone who was having symptoms but no infection, give this a try..
    It took more then a month.. But I finally feel nearly 100% normal
    I will do anything possible to avoid antibiotic use in the future and find a natural way to treat UTIs..hope this helps someone with similiar concerns..:)

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