I am soooo sorry to hear that you feel like Cr#p! You can say it as many times as you want, we understand.
With reference to home cures for UTI, If you donít like the taste of cranberry juice, you can try some alternate methods too. One of the often used alternative contains sodium bicarbonate (often called baking soda) and water.
First drink a pint of water consisting of sodium bicarbonate mixed thoroughly. Then start drinking a large glass full of water once in every 20 minutes for a couple of hours. This would give a good relief from UTI.
Another one of the UTI home cures is to avoid spicy food and citrus fruits. Reducing the intake of sugar and chocolate etc. also helps. Certain vegetables like onion and beans also can cause UTI, so avoiding them might also prove helpful.
The best remedy suggested is to drink lots of water and other fluids. The reason suggested is that the extra water while coming out through the kidneys will flush the bacteria from the bladder.
Though as per science, once the bacteria enters the urinary tract it gets stuck to the walls of the bladder and cannot be flushed out, this is wonderful home remedy to prevent urinary tract infection as the extra water will get eliminated and will not allow the bacteria to remain in the tract.
Also, Take 2 capsules of Oregon grape root or goldenseal to help cure UTI infection. And, Increase your intake of vitamin C as it creates an acidic environment in the urinary tract thus preventing bacterial growth.
Hopefully, Rob will be along to answer you other questions. I do hope that you start feeling better very soon. I know you must be miserable having to deal with all of this as well as you symptoms of Lupus. Don't worry about posting often, we want you to get better and that is the priority right now.
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