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Urinary Tract Infection in Women
Urinary tract infections (UTIs) are caused by bacteria and are 10 times more common among women than men. About 30 percent of UTIs go away and do not recur. When UTIs do recur it is often because the treatments used to suppress bacteria seem to work at first but do not produce a lasting cure. UTIs can also recur when a woman is infected again by a different kind of bacterium.
Signs and Symptoms
What Causes It?
Some risk factors include the following.
What to Expect at Your Provider's Office
Your health care provider will feel your abdomen and kidneys for changes and use laboratory tests such as a urine culture to find out if you have a UTI. If the usual treatments do not work your provider will explore the possibility that you have some other condition. Other illnesses can cause symptoms that mimic a UTI such as sexually transmitted diseases.
Antibiotics get rid of the bacteria that are causing your infection. They also stop the infection from reaching your kidneys. Pain relievers and alternative treatments can help relieve symptoms.
Over the Counter
Complementary and Alternative Therapies
Herbs may be used as dried extracts (capsules powders teas) glycerites (glycerine extracts) or tinctures (alcohol extracts). Teas should be made with 1 tsp. herb per cup of hot water. Steep covered 5 to 10 minutes for leaf or flowers and 10 to 20 minutes for roots.
Start herbal therapy at the first sign of symptoms and continue for three days after you start feeling better. Teas work best for treating UTIs because the additional fluid intake helps the "flushing action." Combine two herbs from each of the following categories and drink 4 to 6 cups per day.
Marshmallow root (Althea officinalis) is best used alone in a cold infusion. Soak 1 heaping tbsp. of marshmallow root in 1 qt. of cold water overnight. Strain and drink during the day in addition to any other urinary tea.
For advanced or recurrent infections prepare a tincture of equal parts of goldenseal (Hydrastis canadensis) and coneflower (Echinacea purpurea). Take 30 drops four to six times per day.
Some of the most common remedies used for UTI are listed below. Usually the dose is 12X to 30C every one to four hours until your symptoms get better.
Preventive measures you can follow:
If you are pregnant you are more at risk for developing a UTI.
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