“What? I have to go again? I just went to the bathroom!” Urinary tract infections (UTIs) can have you running to the bathroom every few minutes yet feeling like you’ve accomplished nothing. To make matters worse, the burning and discomfort that goes with a UTI just adds insult to injury.
Often, when you discover you have a UTI, you’re left having to suffer the discomfort until your antibiotic kicks in. Rather than just tough it out, you can help alleviate the discomfort with some great home remedies. Check out the 6 ways you can help yourself from the comfort of your own home.
1. Vitamin C. If you’re trying to prevent an infection, taking high doses of Vitamin C may help, according to everyday Health. The vitamin increases the acidity of your urine, making it difficult for bacteria to grow.
2. Water. Healthline recommends drinking plenty of water to help prevent UTIs. The fluid helps flush out bacteria, keeping your bladder from becoming a breeding ground. everyday Health also recommends drinking extra fluids at the first sign of infection so you can flush out the bacteria.
3. Baking soda. If you want to go the opposite direction of acidity for the bladder, Prevention recommends using baking soda. When you first think you have an infection, mix 1/4 teaspoon baking soda with 1 cup water and drink it. The alkalinity of the mixture is supposed to make your urine too alkaline so that the bacteria can’t multiply.
4. Parsley. Making parsley tea to use as a diuretic is All Remedies solution. Place 1 cup parsley in 1 to 3 cups of water and bring it to a boil. Then reduce the heat and let it simmer for 6 minutes. Strain the parsley out and drink the tea. WebMD states that there’s insufficient evidence that parsley actually helps with a bladder infection, but fluids never hurt, so you might want to give it a try.
5. Elimination. Medical News Today tells you that if you feel the need to pee, go ahead. Every time you urinate, you flush out more bacteria, so urinating frequently is good.
6. Heat. Using a heating pad to soothe the pain and discomfort is a great idea. everyday Health reminds you to not use the heat for more than 15 minutes at a time and to make sure that you have something between you and the heat so you don’t get burned.
Don’t let your UTI get the upper hand. Grab your heating pad and some baking soda water and make yourself comfortable once again.