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How Can I Self-Treat a Bladder Infection?

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Updated November 04, 2009

Question: How Can I Self-Treat a Bladder Infection?
Answer: While antibiotics prescribed by a physician are the only way to cure a bladder infection, you can do some things to self-treat the symptoms and to help prevent future bladder infections.

An all-time favorite way to treat and prevent bladder infections at home is to drink cranberry juice. Cranberry juice often helps reduce frequency of bladder infections. Cranberry herbal supplements are available over-the-counter and many women find they work amazingly quickly when an UTI has occurred.

A drug called Azo-Standard is available OTC and often relieves the pain associated with urinary tract infections. Azo-Standard, does not however, cure the underlying infection.

Remember to see your healthcare provider when you have a bladder infection for proper diagnosis and antibiotic treatment.

Source:

Urinary Tract Infection. National Center for Complimentary and Alternative Medicine. http://nccam.nih.gov/health/cranberry/. Accessed 08/24/09.

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