Treat cystitis naturally

Blasenentzündung natürlich behandeln

Pain when urinating, frequent urge to urinate and abdominal discomfort - typical signs of a bladder infection. Symptoms of a bladder infection are not uncommon, especially among women. More than one in three women suffer from a bladder infection at least once in their lives. There are various natural home remedies that have a diuretic and antibacterial effect to treat the symptoms of a bladder infection.

In this guide you will find all the important information about cystitis, its causes and how to recognize it. In addition, various healing methods and home remedies are also discussed with which acute cystitis can be treated naturally.

What is a bladder infection?

A bladder infection (lat. cystitis) is an infection of the urinary tract. In most cases, bacteria are a typical cause. Rarely, viruses, fungi or parasites can also cause a bladder infection. Germs enter the bladder from outside through the urethra and cause irritation and inflammation of the bladder wall. In general, however, a bladder infection is relatively harmless to the body and can be cured quickly and with simple means.

Cystitis can also be contagious. Bacteria in public toilets, door handles or on public transport can cause cystitis via the hands and subsequent contact with the genital area. It is therefore important to ensure adequate hygiene, for example by washing your hands thoroughly and regularly.

Complicated or uncomplicated cystitis?

In medicine, a distinction is made between uncomplicated cystitis and complicated cystitis.

Uncomplicated cystitis: This describes a bladder infection in which the affected person has no specific risk factors for this disease.

Complicated cystitis: This is a bladder infection in patients with predisposing risk factors. These include, for example:

  • Drug-induced immunosuppression
  • Urinary retention, narrowing of the urinary tract
  • Bladder dysfunction

Chronic cystitis?

Chronic cystitis is not a disease that can be diagnosed directly. Rather, it describes long-lasting or recurring inflammation of the bladder. Those affected suffer from cystitis every few weeks and sometimes even experience permanent symptoms. This can severely limit everyday life and seriously reduce the quality of life. If you have symptoms of this kind, speak to a doctor immediately!

Causes & risk factors

In most cases, a bladder infection is caused by bacteria. These often come from the gastrointestinal tract and enter the bladder via the urethra. Another possible cause comes from the kidney. From there, germs can enter the bladder via the ureter. However, this is rare. The bacterium that most often causes a bladder infection is Escherichia coli (or E. coli for short), which is actually a harmless intestinal bacterium. However, it can quickly cause inflammation in the urinary tract. In addition to bacteria, fungi, viruses or parasites can also lead to cystitis, although only in relatively few cases.

Symptoms

With a mild bladder infection, symptoms are often only slightly noticeable. Typical signs are a burning sensation when urinating and a frequent urge to urinate. In many cases, there are no other symptoms.

However, rarer symptoms can also occur:

  • Difficulty urinating
  • Increased urge to urinate at night
  • Pain near the bladder
  • Cramps with painful contraction of the bladder
  • Cloudy and unpleasant smelling urine
  • Increased discharge in women (indicates additional infection of the vagina)
  • Blood in urine

Natural home remedies for treatment

In the case of acute cystitis, many natural remedies can be used to treat it first, which reduce the symptoms and slow the progression of the disease. Many of these options can also be used preventively to prevent cystitis from recurring. This means that not every cystitis needs to be treated directly with an antibiotic, but in most cases it heals itself with a little natural support.

Sufficient fluid intake

The pathogens can be flushed out of the body by drinking enough fluids. It is recommended to drink at least two liters of water a day. To help flush out the bacteria, you should also make sure to empty your bladder regularly. This way, even if you are prone to bladder infections, you can prevent them.

Cranberries

The cranberry (Vaccinium macrocarpon) is a berry fruit and comes from North America, where it is mainly grown in the northern USA and Canada. It is a common remedy for treating and preventing urinary tract diseases. Ingredients such as anthocyanidins and proanthocyanidins are said to prevent pathogens from settling in the mucous membrane of the urinary tract. 1 Most often the fruit is consumed in the form of juice.

Herbal teas

Drinking herbal teas is one of the classic ways to naturally combat bladder infections. Many herbs such as birch leaves or bearberry leaves have a positive effect on the bladder because the flavonoids they contain have a diuretic effect. They are also an integral part of specially designed bladder and kidney teas that are available in drugstores or pharmacies.

D-Mannose

D-mannose is a naturally occurring simple sugar. In the case of a bladder infection, the substance prevents the bacteria from attaching themselves to the bladder wall. D-mannose is not metabolized in the human body and is excreted in its entirety in the urine, so it is also suitable for people suffering from diabetes. D-mannose has been used for a long time to treat urinary tract infections in animals such as cats, horses and dogs. It is now also a popular herbal remedy for fighting bladder infections among people. A study has also shown that D-mannose is just as suitable as an antibiotic for preventing recurring bladder infections and is even better tolerated. 2

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When to see a doctor?

First of all, mild symptoms of cystitis can be treated well with natural remedies, so a visit to the doctor is not absolutely necessary. If the symptoms do not subside after a few days or if fever also occurs, it is advisable to seek advice from your family doctor.

You should also see a doctor if you have symptoms of a bladder infection:

  • You are male, as bladder infections are rare in men. The cause should therefore be determined quickly.
  • A child is affected
  • You are pregnant
  • You have diabetes or are taking medication that weakens your immune system.

Conclusion

In summary, it can be said that cystitis can be a serious problem, particularly among women, and affects a large number of women. In rare cases, men or children can also be affected, in which case a discussion with a doctor is recommended.

Since the symptoms of a bladder infection can be very debilitating and often represent a recurring problem, it is important to take helpful measures against the symptoms and to prevent the problem as much as possible. There is no need to resort to antibiotics or medication to do this; as this guide has shown, there are numerous natural methods of combating a bladder infection:

  • Drink a lot
  • warmth
  • Herbal teas
  • Pomegranate (juice)
  • D-mannose as a dietary supplement

Important: This guide is intended as a source of information only. Always consult your doctor if you have acute problems. Under no circumstances should you stop taking your medication without consulting him or her and do not change your dosage on your own.

Sources

Foo L, et al. A-type proanthocyanidin trimers from cranberry that inhibit adherence of uropathogenic P-fimbriated Escherichia coli. J Nat Prod 2000;63:1225-1228

Altarac, S., & Papes, D. (2013). Use of d-mannose in prophylaxis of recurrent urinary tract infections (UTIs) in women. Publisher: BJU International .

Kranjcec B et al. (2014) D-mannose powder for prophylaxis of recurrent urinary tract infections in women: a randomized clinical trial. World J Urol. , 32:79-84 ( Study summary )

Porru D, Parmigiani A, Tinelli C, et al. Oral D-mannose in recurrent urinary tract infections in women: a pilot study. Journal of Clinical Urology . 2014;7(3):208-213. doi: 10.1177/2051415813518332

Sugar protects as well as antibiotics. (August 16, 2913). Doctors' Newspaper .


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