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Unsafe sex and using dirty toilets can cause bladder infection! 5 home remedies to avoid it

Bladder infections can happen due to a plethora of reasons. You can try these 5 home remedies for bladder infections that can help soothe the symptoms.
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These home remedies can relieve symptoms of bladder infections! Image courtesy: Adobe Stock
Aayushi Gupta Updated: 21 Feb 2024, 12:23 pm IST
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Bladder infection is a common health problem women face. Often caused by bacteria entering the urinary tract, bladder infections can lead to inflammation and discomfort. Its symptoms include frequent urination, burning sensation, and cloudy urine. If not treated on time or left untreated, it can progress to more serious kidney infections, potentially causing permanent damage. If you are dealing with a bladder infection, you can try these home remedies to manage your symptoms.

Health Shots got in touch with Dr Pratima Thamke, Consultant Obstetrician and Gynaecologist, to learn if you can manage bladder infections at home and when you should see a doctor.

5 causes of bladder infection

1. Unsafe sex activity

Unprotected sex and frequent unsafe penetration increase the risk of bladder infection. Excessive use of sex toys or lubricants can cause infection. All these factors disrupt the natural pH balance and bacterial balance. During sexual activity, bacteria from the vagina can easily transfer to the urethra, leading to the onset of a bladder infection.

2. Wrong toilet habits

Poor toilet habits also play a significant role in the development of bladder infections. Using unhygienic toilet seats, not wiping your genital area after urination, and not maintaining period hygiene, can introduce harmful bacteria to the urethra and bladder, increasing the risk of infection. The risk of transferring infections from public toilets is higher.

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Holding urine can be detrimental to your health. Image courtesy: Shutterstock

3. Holding urine

The habit of holding urine for a long time can put you at high risk of getting a bladder infection. Holding urine in the bladder increases bacterial growth, due to which the likelihood of infection increases. So, don’t make it a habit.

Also read: Let it out! 6 reasons why holding your pee in is the WORST idea ever

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4. Leaving a bladder infection untreated

Not completing the treatment course for bladder infections can increase the risk of recurrent infections and potentially progress to more severe conditions, such as blood infections. Make sure you follow the complete course of the treatment.

5. Lifestyle disorder

Lifestyle-related problems like obesity, diabetes, etc. increase the risk of bladder infection. Obesity may promote genital sweating, creating an environment conducive to bacterial growth due to moisture retention. Similarly, diabetes can foster bacterial growth in the body, facilitating the transfer of vaginal bacteria to the bladder and triggering infection.

5 home remedies to treat bladder infection

1. Herbal tea

Herbal tea contains anti-inflammatory, antibacterial, and antifungal properties, making it an excellent treatment for bladder infections. Prepare a soothing herbal tea by boiling lemon rind and cinnamon in a cup of water, then filter and drink it. Lemon’s antibacterial and anti-inflammatory properties reduce infection risk, while cinnamon alleviates swelling and irritation.

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Herbal tea can relieve your symptoms! Image courtesy: Shutterstock

2. Stay hydrated

Adequate water intake is crucial for overall health, especially when combating bladder infections. Drinking plenty of water dilutes toxins in the body and helps flush out bacteria from the bladder. Neglecting hydration increases the risk of bacteria in the bladder, increasing the risk of infection.

3. Limit protein intake

During a bladder infection, it’s advisable to avoid protein for 2 to 3 days. Instead, focus on consuming ample fruits and vegetables with minimal seasoning, either raw or boiled. This eases the burden on the digestive system, which helps boost energy levels to fight infection, and aids toxin elimination.

4. Cranberry juice

Cranberry juice can help combat bladder infections. A substance in cranberries, called proanthocyanidins, might help prevent infection. It helps to flush out the bacteria from the body, providing relief from discomfort and aiding recovery.

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There are several health benefits of drinking cranberry juice. Image courtesy: Adobe Stock

5. Prevention over cure

Understanding the root causes of bladder infections and prioritising preventive measures is preferable to recurrent treatments. Maintain hygiene, stay hydrated, and if you notice any symptoms, consult your doctor for a timely treatment.

These home remedies are intended to provide relief from the discomfort caused by bladder infections. If your symptoms do not improve, immediately go to your doctor for better treatment!

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Aayushi Gupta is a health writer with a special interest in trends related to diet, fitness, beauty and intimate health. With around 2 years of experience in the wellness industry, she is connected to leading experts and doctors to provide our readers with factually correct information. ...Read More

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