Urinary tract infections (UTIs)
Urinary tract infections (UTIs) occur generally when bacteria (often from the colon) gets into the urinary tract and causes an infection, irritating the lining of the urethra causing inflammation.
Symptoms of urinary tract infection
- Burning and stinging when urinating
- Urge to urinate, despite not much urine coming out
- Urinary frequency
- Can worsen to involve blood in the urine
The burn and urge to urinate a lot comes from your acidic urine hitting your inflamed flesh, triggering the unpleasant and painful symptoms.
Treating a UTI at home
Treating a UTI at home is relatively easy, but there are a few tricks to the trade. Anyon who has been unfortunate enough to suffer recurrent UTIs will have their go-to strategies the moment they feel an infection coming on, but if this is your first time, welcome.
Learning how to cure your UTIs at home without antibiotics is invaluable, since frequent UTIs mean frequent visits to the doctor (which costs money) to get antibiotics (which cost you your good bacteria), which usually strikes at inconvenient times and places – at night, and maybe when you are travelling away from home. There are plenty of great options for non-antibiotic treatments, so stock up, and get yourself set up to treat a UTI if it strikes.
Obviously if things feel like they are going haywire – severe pain, fever, kidney pain or blood in your urine, please go to your local emergency room or doctor. You will need to be checked to make sure you don’t have a kidney infection.
Using Aunt Vadge’s UTI Tea – check your pH first
If you want to use Aunt Vadge’s UTI Tea, you’ll need to establish whether your urine is acidic or alkaline, because the herbs have different superpowers in different environments. A pH test is very easy to do and the tests are cheap from the pharmacy or online.
The bacteria that cause UTIs vary, although most are caused by E. coli. You can find out if it is NOT E. coli by doing a pH test, but also trying treatments that only work on E. coli and a couple of other bacteria. That is, the D-mannose or cranberry.
Does it matter which bacteria is causing a UTI?
Yes, it does matter. The reason it matters is that each bacteria has its own characteristics, the same way an iPad differs in its functioning to a Samsung tablet – they do the same stuff outwardly, but inside they do things very differently.
These differences mean that each bacteria is susceptible to different treatments, so instead of wasting your time and money, it can help to either be tested by your doctor, or just use the clues that you have.
The antibiotics prescribed are also bacteria-dependent, as some bacteria are only susceptible to certain antibiotics or are antibiotic resistant.
Most common UTI-causing bacteria
- Escherichia coli (most UTIs)
- Klebsiella pneumoniae
- Proteus mirabilis
- Proteus vulgaris
- Pseudomonas aeruginosa
- Enterobacter aerogenes
- Enterobacter cloacae
- Salmonella typhi
- Citrobacter freundii
- Serratia marcescens
- Streptococcus agalactiae (Group B Strep)