If you catch a bladder infection early enough you may be able to treat it at home.
Treat your symptoms by taking an aspirin or ibuprofen ( this will reduce the pain and burning sensation you may be experiencing while you urinate)
Buy a big bottle of cranberry juice ( I drink mixed ones like cran-raspberry it works just the same). You should drink about 12 to 16 ounces a day. I have also noticed that more and more stores are carrying cranberry supplements for those who can not stand to drink cranberry juice.
Cranberries have natural properties in them that help fight infections.
Using cranberries to fight bladder infections is something that Native Americans having been doing for centuries.
The best thing you can do when it comes to bladder infections and urinary tract infections is prevent them. A common reason for bladder type infections is not going to the bathroom when you need to. I know it’s not always easy to get to the bathroom when your body is telling you to, but do your best to plan out your day to avoid holding your urine. Also it is important to make sure you are drinking enough fluids a day. Your kidneys are a filtering system and when you aren’t drinking enough they can’t do there job. Just like any kind of filter that isn’t kept clean it can lead to more serious problems. Although you may consider coffee and cola soft drinks fluids they will not hydrate you. Coffee and cola contain caffeine which actually dehydrates you and make your kidneys work harder. On a side note unrelated to urinary health, I would also like to point out that too much caffeine absorbs any of your calcium intake. So there is another good reason to watch your caffeine intake per day.
If your not sure that you have a bladder infection here are a few signs that you may have one.
The symptoms of a bladder infection generally are:
1. Foul smelling urine
2. Urinating or an urge to urinate frequently
3. Burning sensation while you urinate
* Severe bladder infections include:
Abdominal bloating and pain
And blood in urine ( Very dark colored urine can be a sign that there is blood in your urine)
If you have symptoms of a severe bladder infection see a health care professional about it. You may need prescribed antibiotics to clear the infection up. Infections of the urinary tract system can lead to kidney infections if left untreated. Kidney infections are much more painful and complicated to treat. Kidney infections when left untreated can also lead to kidney failure which can be fatal.