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Old 09-03-2010, 11:20 PM
 
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It depends on the bacteria that is causing the problem.

With E. Coli, D-mannose does the trick very, VERY well. With things like Klebsiella, probably not.

I would try D-mannose for a couple of days (1 tsp / cup, every few hours), + fresh cranberry juice (the one without sugar from trader joe's), + cranberry pills.

If this doesn't work, or if you develop a fever, I would go to the doctor's and get a urine culture done. They will give you bactrim or cipro.
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Old 11-01-2010, 11:49 PM
 
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It depends on the bacteria that is causing the problem.

With E. Coli, D-mannose does the trick very, VERY well. With things like Klebsiella, probably not.

I would try D-mannose for a couple of days (1 tsp / cup, every few hours), + fresh cranberry juice (the one without sugar from trader joe's), + cranberry pills.

If this doesn't work, or if you develop a fever, I would go to the doctor's and get a urine culture done. They will give you bactrim or cipro.

This is excellent advice. D-mannose and cranberry are the way to go. Stay away from sugar, too. Sugar in any form is bad for the kidneys, liver, pancreas and all parts of the body, including the skin. But as the post above states, you may need an antibiotic if it is a severe infection. After you've killed the infection, use D-mannose and cranberry as maintenance.
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Old 11-03-2010, 07:22 PM
 
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You probably have a persistent UTI. When a person has an UTI episode they are usually on antibiotics for 3-5 days. But if you have a persistent UTI (several episodes in a year) then you need to be treated for over a week.

You should go see a doctor because maybe your UTIs (presently or in the past) are causing structural changes within your urethra or bladder without you even knowing it therefore you might have cystitis or pyritis.

AZO is used for urinary pain and you shouldnt be on it for more than 2 days. You can try a home-kit by peeing on a stick to see if you have Urea (to see if you have a UTI). Also cranberry juice doesnt treat your UTI, its only used to prevent UTI. No home remedy or supplement is going to cure your UTI, so go see your doctor so that you can get antibiotics. Tell your dr. that you are having several episodes of UTI within the year.

Also based on how sexually active you are, this may also effect how long you might be treated for. If you are sexually active and you have a lot of UTIs, then sometimes a doctor may prescribe antibiotics that you would take after you have sex in order to prevent you from getting an UTI..

I know you want to fix this on your own at home, with natural supplements or a diet change. But when you have a UTI you mostly likely need antibiotics.
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Old 11-04-2010, 04:28 AM
 
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I will be going to the Dr. tomorrow, there's a walk-in clinic which is nice since you'd probably have to wait at least 3 or 4 hrs. to get an appt. in the city I live in. I doubt it's an STD--I've been with the same guy for 5 yrs. now. I would hope not!
Yea, it could be herpes. And it does not matter if you been with the same man for 5 years. People cheat, and others don't know they carry any STD's because they are asymptomatic.
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Old 12-04-2010, 11:46 AM
 
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You should go see a doctor because maybe your UTIs (presently or in the past) are causing structural changes within your urethra or bladder without you even knowing it therefore you might have cystitis or pyritis.

Also cranberry juice doesnt treat your UTI, its only used to prevent UTI. No home remedy or supplement is going to cure your UTI, so go see your doctor so that you can get antibiotics. Tell your dr. that you are having several episodes of UTI within the year.
It is true, at some point if UTIs persist without reason (i.e. cannot be explained by being female, post sex) you need to see a doctor. Males with UTIs and hematuria all need to get worked up for structural problems.

I still stand by D-Mannose (more than the cranberry, but it has to be pure cranberry without sugar), and I would throw in Kefir into the mix too as an adjunct. If you take D-mannose for long enough for simple E, coli cystitis it flushes out all the bacteria and there is no further need for antibiotics. The science behind this is as solid as that for antimicrobials. I've successfully treated many simple UTIs this way, even when I had gross hematuria. However, I never developed fevers just dysuria. I have 3 days of backup antibiotics (Bactrim, the first drug most people should start with) at home just in case it doesn't work, but so far it's worked every time.

I prefer not to use antibiotics because I get UTIs so frequently that at some point I am going to become colonized by resistant bacteria. Then I would have to switch to Ciprofloxacin. At some point I might run out of antibiotic choices. Also I tend to swing the other way and get yeast infections if I take antibiotics.

Bottom line: If feverish, get antibiotics. If not, D-mannose is an option for extending the antibiotic options for future use.
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