The Best Home Remedies for Cystitis
Every tenth woman has a bladder infection at least once a year. Men can also get a bladder infection. However, since the urethra is much shorter in women than in men, women are affected by cystitis much more often. Of the women affected, one in two falls ill a second time within a year.
An uncomplicated bladder infection does not always have to be treated immediately with antibiotics, but can often heal with the support of home remedies. Since antibiotic resistance is becoming an increasing problem, antibiotics should be avoided and other remedies should be used if there is no need. We show you which helpful tips and home remedies are available for bladder infections.
Home remedies for cystitis – Characteristics of cystitis
The most common symptoms of cystitis include a strong, frequent and sudden urge to urinate. There is also a stinging or burning sensation when you urinate. There may be severe and cramping pain, even when the bladder is empty. The urine is often cloudy and in some cases there may be blood in the urine.
Complicated vs. uncomplicated cystitis
If you have a higher risk of complications, for example due to kidney disease, a weakened immune system, diseases such as diabetes or changes in the urinary tract, the bladder infection may be complicated. In this case, there may be a greater risk of the infection moving to the kidneys and causing a renal pelvic infection. If you have a complicated bladder infection, you should always be seen by a doctor and treated with antibiotics and other medicines if necessary.
If only the lower urinary tract (bladder and urethra) is affected and you do not have any risk factors for a more severe course, the inflammation is described as uncomplicated cystitis. This often does not require treatment with antibiotics, but can sometimes heal with home remedies.
If you experience the symptoms of cystitis, you should always consult a doctor. Only a doctor can determine whether it is a complicated or uncomplicated bladder infection. Falls du die Symptome einer Blasenentzündung verspürst, solltest du in jedem Fall einen Arzt aufsuchen. Nur dieser kann feststellen, ob es sich um eine komplizierte oder um eine unkomplizierte Blasenentzündung handelt.
Causes and risk factors
Bacteria that enter the bladder through the urethra are usually the cause of cystitis. These bacteria can, for example, be “carried over” from the anal region, enter the urethra during sexual intercourse, spread due to disturbed vaginal flora or vaginitis, or ascend the urethra due to the influence of hormones during pregnancy. Some contraceptives, such as the diaphragm, can also promote the occurrence of bladder infections. Other factors and diseases, such as hypothermia, a bladder catheter, diabetes mellitus or multiple sclerosis can also increase the risk of bladder infections.
H2: Home remedies for Cystitis
Medication, such as antibiotics or painkillers, is mainly used when you have a complicated or chronic bladder infection. We will now tell you which measures and home remedies you can use for a mild and uncomplicated bladder infection.
Drink plenty of fluids
Drinking at least 1.5 to 2 litres of fluid a day can help prevent bladder infections from developing and, if you already have one, help flush the bacteria out of your bladder and body as quickly as possible.
Empty the bladder regularly
Emptying the bladder regularly also helps flush bacteria out of the body as quickly as possible. Emptying the bladder immediately after sexual intercourse can also help prevent inflammation and prevent it from becoming chronic.
Bladder and kidney teas
A tea made from certain herbs and/or medicinal plants can help soothe the bladder, support the urinary tract and promote faster flushing of bacteria. Herbal teas with supportive herbal ingredients include bearberry leaf tea, nettle tea, birch leaf tea and juniper tea.
Horehound root, orthosiphon leaves and goldenrod herb can also help a lot and can be prepared as a tea. Goldenrod, for example, has an anti-inflammatory, antispasmodic, analgesic and diuretic effect.
Many women swear by cranberry juice for the treatment and prevention of bladder infections. The fruit contains a lot of vitamin C, which can help to stimulate urination. There is also evidence that the tannins in cranberries can help protect the inner walls of the bladder and urinary tract from bacteria.
Celery has both diuretic and antibacterial effects and, in the form of juice, can be a good support for a bladder infection.
Mannose is a sugar that can help bind bacteria in the bladder. The bound bacteria can be eliminated more quickly.
Vitamin C supplements can be supportive because they acidify the urine, which can inhibit the growth of many bacteria.
Avoid coffee and alcohol
Since coffee and alcohol can irritate the bladder, you should avoid them during cystitis.
If you have frequent bladder infections, it can help to use these measures regularly to prevent the infection from becoming chronic.
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