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A UTI, or urinary tract infection, is definitely no fun. It is not only uncomfortable, but
often very painful. This information is going to give you some insight into what can be
done about a UTI right at home.
Drink Plenty of Water
The first thing you need to do if you have a urinary tract infection is to drink plenty of
fluids, particularly water. These infections can get worse and much more painful if you
ignore them so much to where you get dehydrated. You want to flush out the bacteria
from your body, which is only possible by drinking a lot of water. While this is probably
not enough on its own to treat a UTI naturally, it is definitely a good first step. You
should not drink an excessive amount of water, so also keep that in mind.
Keep the Area Clean
This is good both for treating a urinary tract infection you already have, and preventing
one in the future. If you tend to get frequent UTIs, you know to focus more on
prevention. You always want to keep the area clean and dry. This means taking a
shower every day and paying close attention to that area while washing, wearing dry
and clean underwear, and trying to wear loose-fitting clothing whenever you can. You
don’t want to give bacteria a place to grow.
Get Plenty of Vitamin C
There are two nutrients that are really important for treating a UTI naturally, including
probiotics and vitamin C. If you can only get one in, go for the vitamin C. You probably
know this nutrient from recommendations based on preventing a cold, flu, and similar
conditions. It can also help with urinary tract infections by providing more acidity in your
urine to kill bacteria that ends up in that area. Get vitamin C from citrus fruits and
vegetables, or simply by taking a supplement each day.
Use Heat, Not Cooling
Since the area around your vulva burns a lot with a UTI, it might seem like you should
cool it off, but that won’t soothe it like you think. You actually want to warm it up by
placing a heating pad in the area, or even getting underwear just out of the dryer and
putting them on. This not only soothes the area, but helps to keep it dry and kill bacteria
that is causing the UTI.