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OTC treatment for UTI

UTI (Urinary Tract Infection) is an infection involving the kidneys, ureters, bladder, or urethra. UTI is one of the commonest problems in different country. Mostly occurs in Female.

Predisposing factors include in UTI:

  1. Urinary stasis
  2. Dehydration
  3. Infection by E.coli(90%)
  4. No urination after having sex
  5. Diabetes
  6. Pregnancy

Primarily pain killers and anti inflammatory drugs are used as OTC treatment for UTI.

There is a wide variety of antibiotics to treat bladder infections. Some uncomplicated infections can be treated with just three days of medication. Some drugs and some organisms require a week or more of treatment.

Drugs commonly recommended for simple UTIs include:

Natural Treatment for UTI:

Cranberry has been a natural treatment for bladder infections for generations. According to recent research, cranberry juice and cranberry tablets have shown some promise as a remedy for women who frequently experience bladder infections. However, it’s not entirely clear whether cranberry juice really works for treating bladder infections in the larger population.

Drinking more water and frequent urination is the easy way to eliminate the infection by moving bacteria out of the bladder.

If you are having persistent or frequent infections, if there is persistent blood in your urine, or if an anatomical defect is suspected as the cause of the problem, your doctor may want you to undergo testing, including a cystoscopy. This involves putting a thin tube through the urethra that lets the doctor look inside the bladder.

To make sure your kidneys are OK, your doctor may order a CT scan of the abdomen and pelvis or an ultrasound scan of the entire urinary tract.

Preventing future Urinary infections

The following lifestyle changes may help reduce or eliminate the occurrence of urinary infections:
  • drink six to eight glasses of water a day
  • urinate as soon as you feel the need
  • take showers instead of baths
  • wear cotton underwear
  • change your underwear daily
  • wipe from front to back after urinating, if you’re a female
  • don’t use douches or feminine hygiene sprays, if you’re a female
  • use sanitary pads instead of tampons, if you’re a female who menstruates
  • avoid using a diaphragm or spermicide and change to an alternate form of birth control
  • use nonspermicidal lubricated condoms, if you’re a male
  • urinate before and after sexual activity


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