MoonDragon's Womens Health Information
(Urinary Tract Infection, UTI)
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The bladder is a hollow, muscular organ located behind the pubic bone that functions to collect and store urine until it is released. Urine is carried from the kidneys to the bladder through the ureters, then the urine is released through an opening at its lowest point into the urethra. The kidneys, ureters, bladder, penis (in males), and urethra all play a part in filtering and expelling wasted material (urine) from the body.
Cystitis is the inflammation or infection of the urinary bladder. Urethritis is an infection of the urethra and acute pyelonephritis is a kidney infection. The general term used for an infection of any part of the this system is called a urinary tract infection, or UTI. UTIs are more common in women but all of these conditions can also occur in men and may be a sign of serious underlying conditions such as problems with the prostate gland. Urethritis in the male is most often contracted as a result of sexual contact. Many conditions affecting the kidneys, bladder or urethra are described as urinary tract infections and most UTIs are concentrated in the bladder and urethra.
Urinary tract infections are responsible for more than 8 million health care provider visits each year. UTIs are usually caused by some type of bacterial infection, resulting in cystitis, an inflammation of the bladder. Nearly 85-percent of urinary tract infections are caused by Escherichia coli, a bacterium that is normally found in the intestines. Chlamydia may also cause bladder problems.
Both women and men suffer from bladder infections. In women, bacterial introduced by means of fecal contamination or from vaginal secretions can gain access to the bladder by traveling up through the urethra. Cystitis, pyelonephritis, and urethritis occurs much more frequently in women than in men because of the close proximity of the anus, vagina, and urethra in females, and also because of the short length of the female urethra. This allows for relatively easy transmission of bacteria from the anus to the vagina and urethra, and thus to the bladder. In males, bacteria can reach the bladder by either ascending through the urethra or by migrating from an infected prostate gland. While bladder infections are relatively common in women, bladder infections in men may signal a more serious problem, such as prostatitis. Cystitis is not a serious health problem itself, but it may lead to kidney infection if not treated.
MoonDragon's Womens Health Disorders Information: Interstitial Cystitis (Bladder Wall Inflammation)
CYSTITIS FREQUENT SIGNS & SYMPTOMS
Typical characteristic signs of a bladder (UTI) infection are:
Frequent, often painful, urination, although the urine amounts may be small. Increased urge to urinate and empty the bladder. Even after the bladder is emptied, there still may be an urgent desire to urinate again. Burning and stinging on urination. Pain in the abdomen over the bladder. Low back pain. Blood in the urine (sometimes). Low fever. Chills. Vomiting. Strong, unpleasant, foul-smelling urine. Cloudy appearance to the urine. Painful sexual intercourse. Lack of urinary control (sometimes). Adults and children with bladder infections may have problems with bed-wetting and not making it to the bathroom on time. Children with bladder infections often complain of lower abdominal pain and a burning sensation during urination.
Both women and men suffer from bladder infections. Some causes include:
Bacteria that reach the bladder from another part of the body through the bloodstream.
Bacteria that enter the urinary tract from skin around the genital and anal area. Nearly 85-percent of bladder infections are caused by Escherichia coli, a bacterium normally found in the intestines. In women, bacteria introduced by means of fecal contamination, such as the E. Coli bacteria, or from vaginal secretions often enters the urethra if a woman wipes from back to front after a bowel movement. Because of the close proximity of the the anus, vagina, and urethra in females, this allows relatively easy transmission of bacteria from the anus to the vagina and urethra and thus to the bladder.
In males, bacteria can reach the bladder either by ascending through the urethra, and thus to the bladder or by migrating from an infected prostate gland. A bladder infection may be a sign of prostatitis (infection of the prostate).
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Chlamydia may also cause bladder infections.
MoonDragon's Womens Health Disorders Information: STDs - Chlamydia
Injury to the urethra.
Use of a urinary catheter to empty the bladder, such as following childbirth or surgery.
Retention of urine. Frequent holding of urine for long periods of time and not voiding when feeling the urge to use the toilet can allow any bacteria present to grow.
CYSTITIS RISK FACTORS
The possibility of developing a bladder infection can be increased by many factors:
More frequent or vigorous sexual activity than usual. Infection in other parts of the genitourinary system.
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Diabetes mellitus (poor blood sugar control).
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Certain types of birth control, e.g., diaphragm with a too tight fit, contraceptive foams or vaginal suppositories that can irritate the urethra, or a non-lubricated condom.
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Underlying abnormalities or obstructions of the urinary tract, such as tumors, calculi, or strictures resulting in incomplete bladder emptying and restrictive free flow of urine.
Bladder cancer, a condition more common among men than women, can often cause bladder infections.
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If past infections have resulted in a narrowing of the urethra, restricting urine flow.
Poor dietary habits. Urinary pH should be slightly acidic to inhibit bacterial growth. Alkaline or urine that is neutral in pH provides a more favorable breeding ground for bacteria. This condition is often a result of improper diet. A diet high in refined sugar is also a consideration for frequent bladder infection problems. A healthy colon and immune system will help keep internal "bad" bacteria under control and "good" intestinal bacteria flourishing to fight infections.
Poor hygiene and bathroom habits. Cleanliness is important for keeping body surface bacteria to a minimum and should be used with proper wiping after using the toilet. This is especially important for females.
Drink a glass of water before sexual intercourse, and urinate within 15 minutes after intercourse. Use a water-soluble lubricant such as K-Y Lubricating Jelly, during intercourse. Avoid using petroleum-based products (such as petroleum jelly) as a lubricant. Use female-superior or lateral positions in sexual intercourse to protect the female urethra from injury. Drink a minimum of 8 glasses of water every day. Avoid caffeine, which irritates the bladder. See more dietary information Diet & Nutrition Avoid postponing urination. Use the restroom when the need arises.
OTHER PREVENTION SUGGESTIONS
Avoid use of catheters, if possible. If you must use them, use a fresh one each time and do not re-use any catheter. Use proper sterile techniques, such as the use of medical gloves and swabbing clean the uretheral area with a recommended disinfectant to prevent introduction of bacteria while inserting a catheter.
Do not douche or use feminine hygiene sprays or deodorants. Douching should only be performed as a medical necessity as instructed by your health care provider or midwife. Avoid commercial douches.
Clean the anal area thoroughly after bowel movements. Wipe from the front to the rear rather than rear to front to avoid spreading fecal bacteria to the genital area.
Use underwear and stockings that have a cotton crotch to prevent the growth of bacteria. Synthetic fabrics do not "breathe", which allows a moist, warm environment for bacterial growth.
In women with frequent recurrence of infection, antibiotics may be prescribed for use prior to sexual intercourse.
Seek prompt medical care for urinary-tract infections (UTI). Avoid the over-use of antibiotics as strains of bacteria can become antibiotic-resistant.
PROGNOSIS - EXPECTED OUTCOME
Curable in a few days to 2 weeks with prompt medical treatment. Recurrence is common.
Inadequate treatment can cause chronic urinary-tract infections, leading to kidney infection and in rare cases, kidney failure.
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CYSTITIS CONVENTIONAL MEDICAL TREATMENT
Diagnostic tests may include urinalysis, careful urine collection for bacterial culture, cystoscopy (examination of the bladder with a lighted optical instrument) and ultrasound.
Examining urine under a microscope and culturing the urine can detect and identify the primary organisms that are known to infect the urinary tract and that may cause symptoms similar to UTI. A urine sample is obtained either by catheterization or by the "clean catch" method. For a clean catch, the patient washes the genital area before collecting urine "midstream" in a sterile container. White and red blood cells and bacteria in the urine may indicate an infection of the urinary tract, which can be treated with an antibiotic. If urine is sterile for weeks or months while symptoms persist, the health care provider may consider a diagnosis of Interstitial Cystitis or Painful Bladder Syndrome.
A home testing kit is available to help determine if you have a urinary tract infection. Ames N-Multistix reagent strips, manufactured by Miles Inc. Diagnostics Division of Elkhart, Indiana, are available in drugstores. It can test for blood in the urine, urine pH (urine is usually neutral-7 pH or slightly acidic-6.5 pH), specific gravity (how much water is present in the urine), presence of leukocytes (white blood cells indicating infection) and other things such as protein, bilirubin, ketones, and glucose.
URINARY TRACT INFECTION SELF-TEST
An FDA-approved home testing kit is available to help determine if you have a urinary infection. Bayer Multistix 7 and Multistix SG10 reagent strips, and Roche Chemstrip 2LN, Chemstrip 6,7,8,9, or 10SG are available in drugstores. All the preceding test for the presence of leukocytes, or white blood cells (pus), which indicates infection. The pharmacist may have to order them for you if they are not in stock. These are also available online from various medical supply resources.
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CONVENTIONAL MEDICAL TREATMENT
Antibiotics to fight any bacterial infection. Occasionally, urinary analgesics are prescribed for pain. If phenazopyridine (Pyridium) is prescribed, it will turn the urine color to bright orange.
The following drugs and medications are in some way related to, or used in the treatment of Urinary Tract Infection. This service should be used as a supplement to, and NOT a substitute for, the expertise, skill, knowledge and judgment of healthcare practitioners.
DRUG NAME GENERIC NAME CLASS Amikin Amikacin Aminoglycosides Amikin Pediatric Amikacin Aminoglycosides Amoclan Amoxicillin / Clavulanate Beta-Lactamase Inhibitors Amoxicot Amoxicillin Aminopenicillins Amoxil Amoxicillin Aminopenicillins Ancef Cefazolin Cephalosporins Apo-Amoxi Amoxicillin Aminopenicillins Augmentin Amoxicillin / Clavulanate Beta-Lactamase Inhibitors Augmentin ES-600 Amoxicillin / Clavulanate Beta-Lactamase Inhibitors Augmentin XR Amoxicillin / Clavulanate Beta-Lactamase Inhibitors Azactam Aztrenam Miscellaneous Antibiotics Bactrim Sulfamethoxazole / Trimethoprim Miscellaneous Antibiotics, Sulfonamides Bactrim DS Sulfamethoxazole / Trimethoprim Miscellaneous Antibiotics, Sulfonamides Cefizox Ceftizoxime 3rd Generation Cephalosporins Cefobid Cefoperazone 3rd Generation Cephalosporins Cefotan Ceftetan 2nd Generation Cephalosporins Ceftin Cefuroxime 2nd Generation Cephalosporins Ceptaz Ceftazidime 3rd Generation Cephalosporins Cipro Ciprofloxacin Quinolones Cipro I.V. Ciprofloxacin Quinolones Cipro XR Ciprofloxacin Quinolones Claforan Cefataxime 3rd Generation Cephalosporins Co-Trimoxazole Sulfamethoxazole / Trimethoprim Miscellaneous Antibiotics, Sulfonamides Cotrim Sulfamethoxazole / Trimethoprim Miscellaneous Antibiotics, Sulfonamides Darcalma Hyoscyamine / Methenamine / Methylene Blue / Phenyl Salicylate Urinary Antispasmodics Darpaz Hyoscyamine / Methenamine / Methylene Blue / Phenyl Salicylate Urinary Antispasmodics DisperMox Amoxicillin Aminopenicillins Doribax Doripenem Carbapenems Doryx Doxycycline Miscellaneous Antimalarials, Tetracyclines Doxy 100 Doxycycline Miscellaneous Antimalarials, Tetracyclines Doxy 200 Doxycycline Miscellaneous Antimalarials, Tetracyclines Duricef Cefadroxil 1st Generation Cephalosporins Floxin Ofloxacin Quinolones Fortaz Ceftazidime 3rd Generation Cephalosporins Furadantin Nitrofurantoin Urinary Anti-Infectives Hiprex Methenamine Urinary Anti-Infectives Hyophen Hyoscyamine / Methenamine / Methylene Blue / Phenyl Salicylate Urinary Antispasmodics Invanz Ertapenem Carbapenems Kefzol Cefazolin 1st Generation Cephalosporins Levaquin Levfloxacin Quinolones Levaquin Leva-Pak Levfloxacin Quinolones Lithostat Acetohydroxamic Acid Miscellaneous Genitourinary Tract Agents Macrobid Nitrofurantoin Urinary Anti-Infectives Macrodantin Nitrofurantoin Urinary Anti-Infectives Mandelamine Methenamine Urinary Anti-Infectives Maxaquin Lomefloxacin Quinolones Maxipime Cefepime 4th Generation Cephalosporins Mefoxin Cefoxitin 2nd Generation Cephalosporins Monodox Doxycycline Miscellaneous Antimalarials, Tetracyclines Morgidox Doxycycline Miscellaneous Antimalarials, Tetracyclines Moxilin Amoxicillin Aminopenicillins Noroxin Norfloxacin Quinolones Ocudox Doxycycline Miscellaneous Antimalarials, Tetracyclines Oraxyl Doxycycline Miscellaneous Antimalarials, Tetracyclines Penetrex Enoxacin Quinolones Phosenamine Hyoscyamine / Methenamine / Methylene Blue / Phenyl Salicylate Urinary Antispasmodics Phosphasal Hyoscyamine / Methenamine / Methylene Blue / Phenyl Salicylate Urinary Antispasmodics Pipracil Piperacillin Antipseudomonal Penicillins Primaxin IM Cilastatin / Imipenem Carbapenems Primaxin IV Cilastatin / Imipenem Carbapenems Primsol Trimethoprim Urinary Anti-Infectives Principen Ampicillin Aminopenicillins Proloprim Trimethoprim Urinary Anti-Infectives Proquin XR Ciprofloxacin Quinolones Prosed DS Hyoscyamine / Methenamine / Methylene Blue / Phenyl Salicylate Urinary Antispasmodics Prosed ES Hyoscyamine / Methenamine / Methylene Blue / Phenyl Salicylate Urinary Antispasmodics Raniclor Cefaclor 2nd Generation Cephalosporins Rocephin Ceftriaxone 3rd Generation Cephalosporins Septra Sulfamethoxazole / Trimethprim Miscellaneous Antibiotics, Sulfonamides Septra DS Sulfamethoxazole / Trimethprim Miscellaneous Antibiotics, Sulfonamides SMZ-TMP DS Sulfamethoxazole / Trimethprim Miscellaneous Antibiotics, Sulfonamides Sulfatrim Sulfamethoxazole / Trimethprim Miscellaneous Antibiotics, Sulfonamides Sulatrim Pediatric Sulfamethoxazole / Trimethprim Miscellaneous Antibiotics, Sulfonamides Suprax Cefixime 3rd Generation Cephalosporins Tazicef Ceftazidime 3rd Generation Cephalosporins Tequin Gatifloxacin Quinolones Tequin Teqpaq Gatifloxacin Quinolones Ticar Ticarcillin Antipseudomonal Penicillins Timentin Clavulanate / Ticarcillin Beta-Lactamase Inhibitors Trimox Amoxicillin Aminopenicillins Trimpex Trimethoprim Urinary Anti-Infectives Unasyn Ampicillin / Sulbactam Beta-Lactamase Inhibitors UR N-C Hyoscyamine / Methenamine / Methylene Blue / Phenyl Salicylate Urinary Antispasmodics Urelle Hyoscyamine / Methenamine / Methylene Blue / Phenyl Salicylate Urinary Antispasmodics Uretron DS Hyoscyamine / Methenamine / Methylene Blue / Phenyl Salicylate Urinary Antispasmodics Urex Methenamine Urinary Anti-Infectives Uribel Hyoscyamine / Methenamine / Methylene Blue / Phenyl Salicylate Urinary Antispasmodics Urimar-T Hyoscyamine / Methenamine / Methylene Blue / Phenyl Salicylate Urinary Antispasmodics Urimax Hyoscyamine / Methenamine / Methylene Blue / Phenyl Salicylate Urinary Antispasmodics Urin D / S Hyoscyamine / Methenamine / Methylene Blue / Phenyl Salicylate Urinary Antispasmodics Urised Hyoscyamine / Methenamine / Methylene Blue / Phenyl Salicylate Urinary Antispasmodics Uritact DS Hyoscyamine / Methenamine / Methylene Blue / Phenyl Salicylate Urinary Antispasmodics Uritact-EC Hyoscyamine / Methenamine / Methylene Blue / Phenyl Salicylate Urinary Antispasmodics Uro Blue Hyoscyamine / Methenamine / Methylene Blue / Phenyl Salicylate Urinary Antispasmodics Urogesic Blue Hyoscyamine / Methenamine / Methylene Blue / Sodium Biphosphate Urinary Antispasmodics Usept Hyoscyamine / Methenamine / Methylene Blue / Phenyl Salicylate Urinary Antispasmodics Ustell Hyoscyamine / Methenamine / Methylene Blue / Phenyl Salicylate Urinary Antispasmodics Uta Hyoscyamine / Methenamine / Methylene Blue / Phenyl Salicylate Urinary Antispasmodics UTICAP Hyoscyamine / Methenamine / Methylene Blue / Phenyl Salicylate Urinary Antispasmodics Utira Hyoscyamine / Methenamine / Methylene Blue / Phenyl Salicylate Urinary Antispasmodics Utira-C Hyoscyamine / Methenamine / Methylene Blue / Phenyl Salicylate Urinary Antispasmodics Utrona-C Hyoscyamine / Methenamine / Methylene Blue / Phenyl Salicylate Urinary Antispasmodics Vibra-Tabs Doxycycline Miscellaneous Antimalarials, Tetracyclines Vibramycin Doxycycline Miscellaneous Antimalarials, Tetracyclines Zinacef Cefuroxime 2nd Generation Cephalosporins Zosyn Piperacillin / Tazobactam Beta-Lactamase Inhibitors
ACTIVITY RECOMMENDATIONS & RESTRICTIONS
Avoid sexual intercourse until you have been free of symptoms for 2 weeks to allow inflammation to subside.
AT-HOME UTI THERAPY
Warm baths may help relieve discomfort. Herbs or medical remedies may be added to the bath to aid in relief. See sitz baths below. For hygiene, take showers instead of baths.
Take a 20 minute hot sitz bath twice daily. Hot sitz baths help to relieve the pain associated with cystitis. Batherapy, a product that can be found in health food stores, is excellent.
Or you can add one cup of Vinegar to a sitz bath (or to shallow bath water) once a day. A woman should position her knees up and apart so that the water can enter the vagina. Alternate this with a bath made with two cloves of crushed Garlic or an equivalent amount of Garlic juice.
MoonDragon's Health Therapy: Sitz Bath
USING HOME REMEDIES
Drink at least 2 quarts of water or herbal tea daily to clear bacteria out of the bladder, and avoid coffee, black tea, and alcohol. Heat, from the tea and from heat packs and baths, promotes blood flow in the bladder's mucus lining and wards off infection. Bed rest, relaxation and meditation give the body strength to fight infection.
A sitz bath may be used to enhance circulation in the pelvis, bladder, urethra and ureters. This will relieve some of the pain and discomfort. Ideally you should use a sitz bath tub. The water should have a temperature of about 100°F and reach about up to your navel. Stay in the bath for 20 minutes.
A sitz bath that rises in temperature can be even more effective. Start with the water temperature at 91°F and increase it by adding hot water over the course of 20 minutes until the temperature reaches 102°F. Following the bath, rest in bed for about 30 minutes.
HEATING PADS OR POUCHES
Heat and rest will soothe the distress of a bladder infection. Place a heating pad or a heated pouch filled with rice or flaxseed on your lower abdomen. The pad or pouch should be hot; but be careful not to burn yourself. Cover it with a wool blanket for about 20 to 25 minutes, then rest for 30 minutes. Do this 1 to 3 times.
If the problems does not improve after one or two days, if blood appears in the urine or if you have a fever over 101°F, consult your health care provider.
Use Acidophilus douches. If cystitis is associated with vaginitis, alternate this with Apple Cider Vinegar douches. Do not douche if you are pregnant without first discussing it with your midwife. A few spoonfuls of homemade, unsweetened, plain yogurt may be diluted with water and used as a douche.
Pour a cup or small pitcher of warm water over genital area while urinating. It will help to relieve burning and stinging.
Do not delay emptying the bladder. Making sure that you urinate every two to three waking hours - "voiding by the clock" can help.
With proper hygiene, women can effectively ward off bladder infections. Keep the genital and anal areas clean and dry. Women should wipe and cleanse the genital area from front to back after emptying the bladder or bowels and when bathing. This will help you to avoid transmitting bacteria from the anus to the opening of the urethra.
Do not over-do personal hygiene. Do not use feminine hygiene sprays, packaged douches, bubble baths, or tampons, sanitary pads or toilet paper containing fragrance. The chemicals these products contain are potentially irritating. Aggressive use of soaps, intimate sprays or douches disturbs the healthy skin flora that provide natural protection from infection. Plenty of warm water and a mild, PH-Neutral Bath Soap are quite sufficient.
Women should drink a full glass of water prior to sexual activity to help induce urination promptly after intercourse. They should empty the bladder before and after exercise and sexual intercourse, and wash the vagina after intercourse, in order to wash away any pathogens that may have been introduced. Drink 2 glasses of water after intercourse to flush out the bladder.
Wear white cotton underwear. Nylon underwear should be avoided. Cotton breathes and allows air circulation. Nylon or polyester is synthetic fibers and holds onto moisture and head, making it a breeding ground for yeast and bacteria. Avoid tight fitting pants that also holds heat and moisture into the crotch area.
Change into dry clothes as soon as possible after swimming. Avoid sitting around in a wet bathing suit. Wash your bathing suit between wears.
If you suffer from frequent urinary tract infections, use sanitary pads rather than tampons. Tampons also carry a higher risk of toxic shock syndrome, a buildup of toxic microbes in the vaginal vault that develops into a very dangerous infection. Use unscented, natural fibers.
A person with a bladder infection should avoid alcohol, caffeine, carbonated beverages, coffee, chocolate, refined or processed foods, simple sugars, spicy foods and citrus juices, which irritate the bladder. Chemicals in food, drugs, and impure water have an adverse effect on the bladder.
If urination is painful but bacteria cannot be found or cultured by the laboratory, discontinue use of all types of soaps and use only water to cleanse the vaginal area. Some people are sensitive to soap; an all-natural, mild, Unscented Soap is recommended.
If there is blood in the urine, consult your health care provider. This can be a sign of a more serious problem that warrants medical attention.
CYSTITIS PREVENTION & TREATMENT CONSIDERATIONS
Optimal immune function is important in both fighting and preventing all bacterial disorders.
Caffeine causes the muscles around the bladder neck to contract, and can produce painful bladder spasms.
Habitually retaining the urine in the bladder for long periods increases a woman's risk of urinary tract infection may increase the risk of bladder cancer.
Shrinkage of urethral and vaginal membranes, which most commonly occurs after menopause as a result of a reduction in the amount of estrogen in the body, can increase the tendency to develop bladder infections. Urethral dilation helps stretch a contracted urethra.
MoonDragon's Womens Health Disorders Information: Bacterial Vaginitis
Colloidal Silver is a natural broad-spectrum antiseptic that fights infection, subdues inflammation, and promotes healing. It is a clear golden liquid composed of 99.9 percent pure silver particles approximately 0.001 to 0.01 micron (1/1,000,000 to 1/100,000 millimeter) in diameter that are suspended in pure water. It can be taken by mouth, administered intravenously, or applied topically.
Using aluminum cookware may cause cystitis symptoms. Cadmium, a toxic metal, may cause urinary problems as well.
MoonDragon's Health & Wellness: Aluminum Toxicity
MoonDragon's Health & Wellness: Cadmium Toxicity
If you suffer from inconsistent bladder control, consider sacral nerve stimulation, a new implant designed to treat bladder problems. This small device sends electronic signals to the nerves connected to the bladder, which helps prevent incontinence and dramatically improves quality of life.
MoonDragon's Womens Health Disorders Information: Incontinence, Stress
MoonDragon's Womens Health Disorders Information: Incontinence, Urge
MoonDragon's Health & Wellness Disorders: Bed Wetting
Women who suffer from frequent urinary tract infections are force to stay on a continued regimen of low-dose antibiotics to prevent recurrence. Researchers from the University of Wisconsin Medical School have reported the first successful trial of a vaccine to prevent recurrent UTIs. Women are treated with either vaginal suppositories loaded with the vaccine containing inactive bacteria, or with a placebo. Women who received 6 inactive bacteria treatments over 14 weeks remained infection-free more than 4 times longer than those who received the placebo. Of the women receiving the inactive bacteria treatments, 55 percent had no infections for the entire 6 month study period.
Antibiotics and analgesics may be necessary treatments for cystitis, especially for persistent and/or painful infections. Beware of resorting to them too often, however. Antibiotics disturb the normal internal flora and may actually promote recurrent infections by promoting the development of antibiotic-resistant strains of bacteria. In fact, because antibiotics have been widely over-prescribed over the years, many of the bacteria in our bodies (estimates run from 50 to 80-percent) are now resistant to common antibiotics, such as sulfa drugs and tetracycline. This forces health care providers to resort to more powerful and potentially more dangerous antibiotics that pose a greater risk of adverse reactions and side effects. For most bladder infections, a natural approach to treatment appears to be best.
Recurrent cystitis may be a sign of a more serious problem, such as bladder cancer, an anatomical anomaly, or immune deficiency. Cystoscopy, a simple visual examination of the bladder, is indicated.
Drink Cranberry juice to acidify urine. Cranberry is the best herbal remedy for bladder infections. Quality cranberry juice produces hippuric acid in the urine, which acidifies the urine and inhibits bacterial growth. Other components in cranberry juice prevent bacteria from adhering to the lining of the bladder. Drink 1 quart of unsweetened cranberry juice daily. Purchase pure, unsweetened juice (In the past, I have obtained mine from Trader Joe's. It is also available online. If pure cranberry juice is not available, Cranberry capsules can be substituted. Always take these with a large glass of water. Avoid commercial cranberry juice cocktail products. These contain relatively little pure cranberry juice (less than 30-percent in some cases) and have high fructose corn syrup or other sugar sweeteners added. Some antibiotic drugs have increased effectiveness when the urine is more acidic.
Birch leaves are a natural diuretic and reduce some of the pain associated with bladder infections.
Dandelion tea or extract acts as a diuretic and liver cleanser, and aids in relieving bladder discomfort.
Diuretics help to cleanse the system. By promoting the release of fluids from the tissues, diuretics also help to relieve the false sensations of urgency that are characteristic of cystitis. Combinations of these herbs are often most effective in flushing the kidneys and aiding in reducing the urgent need to urinate.
Goldenseal is good for bladder infections if there is bleeding, and is most effective as an herbal antimicrobial agent. Caution: Do not take Goldenseal on a daily basis for more than one week at a time, and do not use it during pregnancy. If you have a history of cardiovascular disease, diabetes, or glaucoma, use it only under a health care provider's supervision. Use with caution if you have allergies to ragweed.
Plant preparations that build resistance and boost the immune system so the mucous lining of the urinary tract can be better protected, such as Echinacea (Purple Coneflower) and Calendula Flowers used along other with nutritional supplements. (See below under Nutritional Supplement Recommendations).
Buchu is good for a bladder infection with a burning sensation upon urination.
Cornsilk is a natural diuretic. Often found as an ingredient in herbal bladder formulas, it has a diuretic effect and reduces bladder spasms. Take 2 capsules twice daily.
Marshmallow root increases the acidity of urine, inhibiting bacterial growth. Drink 1 quart of marshmallow root tea daily. It helps to strengthen and cleanse the bladder.
Uva Ursi (Also known as Bearberry) is a type of cranberry. It is used in small amounts and diluted with other herbal teas, acts as a mild diuretic and antiseptic. It is effective against E.coli.
Other beneficial herbs include Burdock Root, Juniper Berries, Kava Kava, and Rose Hips. Caution: Kava kava may cause drowsiness. If this occurs, discontinue use ordecrease the dosage.
THERAPEUTIC UTI TEAS
Proven medicinal herbs used for the treatment of urinary tract infections include Calendula Flowers, Couchgrass Root, Goldenrod, Horsetail, Juniper Berries, Marshmallow Root, and Uva Ursi. They act primarily as anti-inflammatories and diuretics.
BLADDER TEA RECIPE
1 ounce Uva Ursi Leaves
1 ounce Goldenrod
1 ounce Calendula Flowers
2 ounces Marshmallow Root
2 ounces Licorice Root
Blend dry herbs well together. Put in tight sealed glass or metal container and store in dark, cool cupboard space. To make tea, pour 1 cup of boiling water over 1 tablespoon of the mixture. Steep for 10 minutes and strain. Drink 1 cup of the tea several times a day. Teas are much more effective than pills because the liquid comes into direct contact with the bladder and urinary passages.
AROMATHERAPY FOR BLADDER INFECTIONS
Help reduce the stress of an infection with aromatherapy. Put a few drops of Chamomile Essential Oil, Juniper Essential Oil or Sandalwood Essential Oil in your bath, or mix the oil with Sweet Almond Oil or other neutral base oil and massage it into the lower belly or the base of the spine.
Drink plenty of liquids, especially unsweetened, pure Cranberry juice. Drink at least one 8 ounce glass of quality water every hour. This is extremely beneficial for urinary tract infections. Steam-distilled water or quality bottled water is preferable to tap water.
Avoid caffeine and alcohol during treatment. Also avoid carbonated beverages, chocolate, refined or processed foods, and simple sugars. Chemicals in foods, drugs, and impure water have an adverse effect on the bladder. Caffeine causes the muscles around the bladder neck to contract, an can produce painful bladder spasms. Avoiding sugar is important since sweets will feed bacteria and contribute to infections.
Include Celery, Parsley, and Watermelon in your diet. These foods act as natural diuretic and cleansers. Celery and parsley juice or extract can be purchased from a health food vendor or made fresh at home if you have a juicer.
MoonDragon's Nutrition Therapy: Juicing
Avoid citrus fruits; these produce alkaline urine that encourages bacterial growth. Increasing the acid content in urine inhibits the growth of bacteria. See Acidosis for list of acid-forming foods.
MoonDragon's Health & Wellness Disorders: Acidosis
Perform a 1 to 3 day cleansing fast. Do not do this if you are pregnant.
MoonDragon's Health Therapy: Fasting
Take 2 Acidophilus tablets or capsules with each meal. This is especially important if antibiotic therapy is required. Eat unsweetened, plain yogurt (homemade is best) with active acidophilus cultures.
MoonDragon's Nutrition Recipes: Homemade Yogurt
Avoid taking excess zinc and iron supplements until healed. Taking over 100 mg of zinc daily can depress the immune system. Bacterial require iron for growth. If a bacterial infection is present, the body stores iron in the liver, spleen, and bone marrow in order to prevent further growth of the bacteria.
Food allergies often cause symptoms that mimic bladder infections. Food allergy testing can determine which are causing the allergic reaction.
MoonDragon's Health & Wellness Disorders: Allergies
DIET, NUTRITION & LIFESTYLE RECOMMENDATIONS
No special diet after treatment, but eat a well-balanced diet. Drink plenty of fluids (especially water) daily to keep urinary tract flushed out. Avoid sugars, coffee, black tea, soda and alcohol during treatment as these tend to promote bacterial growth.
BENEFICIAL DIETARY SUPPLEMENTS
NOTE: Consult with your midwife or health care provider before taking any nutritional supplements or starting any dietary therapy if you are pregnant or breastfeeding. These supplemental products listed are for the general population and may not be recommended for pregnant or lactating women. For more suggestions see:
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Cranberry can help prevent urinary tract infections. Drinking unsweetened pure Cranberry juice will help to acidify urine, inhibiting bacterial growth. For many decades Cranberry juice has been thought to reduce bacterial infections of the bladder. Studies in recent years have confirmed this, showing that Cranberry juice inhibits adherence of E. coli cells to cells lining the bladder, rendering them harmless. Cranberry has been shown to reduce bacteria levels in the urinary bladders of older women significantly better than placebo. Two different active constituents have been identified, fructose and a large polymeric compound. Fructose is present in all fruits, but the large polymeric compound is found only in cranberry and blueberry juices, and not those of grapefruit, orange, guava, mango and pineapple. When shopping in a grocery store or online, look for pure, undiluted, unsweetened Cranberry juice. Do not use cranberry juice cocktail. It contains added sugar and lots of water. Cranberry Juice concentrate is available that can be added to water, again look for unsweetened pure juice.
Vitamin C with Bioflavonoids may be included as a nutritional supplement and vitamin C rich liquids. Vitamin C is an important antioxidant that protects against cell damage. It is essential in immune function and tissue repair.
If taking antibiotics, include unsweetened or naturally sweetened yogurt in diet. Antibiotics will kill all bacteria, good and bad in the digestive tract. The active culure yogurt and Acidophilus and Bifidus supplements help replace the good bacteria needed for proper digestion.
Uva Ursi leaf herbal tea (antiseptic herb which passes through the kidneys). This can be made by taking 1 ounce of the herb and place them in a jar, pour boiling water over the herb and cover. Let stand for 4 hours or overnight. Drink 1/4 cup 4 times daily for prevention and 1/2 cup daily for an active infection. Uva Ursi, also known as Bearberry, has a specific affinity for the genito-urinary organs, especially for urinary tract infections, cystitis, nephritis, urethritis, pyelitis, hematuria (bloody urine), yeast infections, vulvitis. Uva Ursi leaves were officially a drug for urinary antiseptic in the United State Pharmacopoeia (U.S.P.) and the National Formulary N.F. from 1820 until 1950.
AHCC supports immune function. AHCC is a proprietary extract produced from specially cultivated and hybridized mushrooms. AHCC is a rich source of polysaccharides such as beta glucan 1,3 and activated hemicellulose produced by enzymatic modification of organic medicinal mushrooms, including shiitake. According to extensive research in humans, as well as numerous non-clinical studies, AHCC supports immune system function through its effects on macrophages and NK (Natural Killer) Cells. NK cells and the intercellular mediators they produce are critical for the maintenance of healthy cell cycle function. AHCC has also been shown to possess antioxidant properties, and supports healthy liver function. As a dietary supplement, take 2 VCaps 2 times daily or take a 1/2 teaspoon (2 g) powder two times daily with water or juice, preferably on an empty stomach. This is a vegetarian-vegan product.
Anantmul is effective in treating urinary problems. Anantmul, also know as Indian Sarsaparilla, is employed in nutritional disorders, syphilis, chronic rheumatism, gravel and other urinary diseases and skin problems. Modern studies have demonstrated the antibacterial activity of the root extract and essential oil. Clinical trials have shown a benefit in ringworm infection and for malnutrition. It is a febrifuge, diuretic, antidiarrheal, lactagogue, skin cleanser and tonic.
Buchu is a natural urinary disinfectant. Buchu herb has traditionally been claimed to treat a wide variety of disorders, some of which include stomach complaints and urinary tract infections. Also known as the "urinary herb", it is a natural diuretic. Buchu is well known for its beneficial stimulating and soothing effects on the urinary tract system of both men and women. The active ingredient, diosphenol (or barosma camphor), is said to be a potent antiseptic and diuretic, and the herb has been especially helpful in the treatment of urinary tract infections, including prostatitis, urethritis and cystitis. Buchu has been said to reduce swelling of the prostate, soothe the lining membrane of the urethra and alleviate painful urination. It is also thought to help control bladder and kidney problems and the incontinence that is associated with prostate problems. Buchu is considered one of the best herbs for the prostate gland.
Honeybush Tea is good for the urinary tract. Honeybush tea is a herbal tea that is caffeine free and very low in tannic acid. It is therefore especially valuable for children and patients with digestive and heart problems where stimulants and tannins should be avoided. It has a very pleasant sweet tasting honey flavor and also a very healthy drink. It is normally consumed with milk and sugar, but to appreciate the delicate sweet taste and flavor, no milk or sugar should be added. Descriptions of the flavor vary from that of hot apricot jam, floral, honey-like and dried fruit mix with the overall impression of sweetness. The tea has the added advantage that the cold infusion can also be used as iced tea and it blends well with fruit juices. Honeybush tea is prepared by boiling about 4 to 6 grams of the dried material (approximately 2 to 3 tablespoonfuls) per liter for 20 minutes. The antioxidant activity increases when the tea is boiled longer than 10 minutes. Research by the Department of Chemistry of the University of the Orange Free State indicated those substantial amounts of (+)-pinitol is present in Honeybush tea. Pinitol is used as an expectorant and also has anti-diabetic activity. Research on Honeybush tea has only started recently in the 90's and already great progress was made on testing and researching the medicinal values of this tea. Honeybush Tea drinkers in South Africa claim that it has a calming effect, is a natural diuretic and has healing effects on certain skin ailments. Believe it or not, Honeybush Tea has been used by the local population in South Africa longer than Rooibos Tea! It has a recorded history dating as far back as 1705. The bush has a very attractive bright yellow flower that is heavily scented like honey. Unlike Rooibos, Honeybush Tea grows 99-percent wild, with the first experimental crops planted in 1996. De Nysschen et al found 1995 three major phenolic compounds in honeybush tealeaves: a xanthone c-glycoside, mangiferin and O-glycosides of hesperitin and isosakuranetin, two flavanones.
NUTRITIONAL PROPERTIES OF HONEYBUSH TEA
Honeybush tea processes numerous properties that enhance the health of people that use it:
Isoflavones & Coumestans
The dietary phyto-estrogen-hormone-dependant process. This is advantageous for:
- Regulation of menstruation cycles
- Prevention of breast, prostate and Uterus cancer
- Reduces the risk of Osteoporosis
- Anti-fungal properties
- Anti-virus properties
- Anticholesterolemic-lowers cholesterol levels
- Hypolipemic-lowers fat levels
Specific Luteolin is anti-spasmodic and anti-oxidant. 4-Hydroxycinnomic acid is anti-fungus and Antihepatotoxic.
- Anti-hepatotoxic - works against kidney poisoning
Vitamin-type activity (mixture of eriodictyol and hesperidien)
- SpasmolyticDiuretic (increases Urinating)
- Non-feeding sweeteners
Silver is a natural bacteria fighter. Silver Biotics was tested by researchers and was found to kill every strain of bacteria that it was tested against and that these bacteria, may of which have become resistant to antibiotics, cause many human ailments. Silver Biotics is a patented Colloidal Silver Supplement offering immune system support and maintaining a strong immune system. Contains purified water and purified silver 10 ppm.
Corn Silk is used to soothe the urinary tract. Corn Silk is used traditionally as a mild and gentle diuretic useful for urinary tract infections accompanied by frequent urination and burning. It acts as a therapeutic kidney cleanser. Cornsilk herb is often included in herbal preparations for the bladder and urinary tract. It can be taken as a tea, capsule or in tincture-extract form. For an extract, use as a dietary supplement, 1 to 2 ml 3 times a day. Take 3 capsules three times daily with water or follow package directions for use.
Dandelion root is a natural diuretic and improves appetite and minor digestive problems. Dandelion leaves are commonly recommended as a food supplement for pregnant and postmenopausal women. Dandelion tea is warm and soothing, and acts as a blood cleanser and gentle diuretic.
Fluid Retention formulas are designed to accelerate the body's fluid drainage system. Diuretic formulas remove unwanted fluid from the body by increasing urination. Herbs often found in natural diuretic formulas include Uva Ursi to treat infections of the lower urinary tract and vaginitis. Uva Ursi is also used with good results for cystitis, dysuria, pyelitis and lithuria. Nettle is used as a diuretic, astringent and blood builder, and to treat anemia (due to its high iron content). Nettle has been applied to cuts to stop bleeding or taken in tea to reduce excessive menstrual flow, as well as to treat nosebleeds and hemorrhoids. Nettle has been used to stimulate blood circulation and as a spring tonic for chronic skin ailments. Dandelion is used as an appetite stimulant, digestive aid, and for liver and gallbladder function. Dandelion is used as a diuretic to stimulate the excretion of urine. Juniper is a diuretic and as a treatment in various conditions of the kidneys and bladder. Juniper Berries are also recommended for their carminative action in cases of indigestion and flatulence. Marshmallow has a soothing effect on inflamed and irritated tissues of the alimentary canal, and urinary and respiratory organs. Marshmallow Root eases the passage of kidney stones and is used in combination with other diuretic herbs for kidney treatments which assist in the release of gravel and stones. It works very well for urinary problems. Horsetail is used as a diuretic for the treatment of edema (swelling/fluid retention). Horsetail is also occasionally used for osteoporosis, nephrolithiasis, urinary tract inflammation, and wound healing (topical). Ginger has diuretic properties that help increase the flow of urine. It protects the liver and is beneficial for hemorrhoids. Suggested dosage for extract-tinctures: 30 to 60 drops in water or juice 2 to 3 times daily or as needed.
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POSTPARTUM URINATION RECOMMENDATIONS
Urination may be painful, there may be no urge, or an urge with no urination after the birth of a baby. This may be due to some trauma and bruising from the delivery. Swelling and pain in your perineal area can also compromise your body's urination abilities. There may be psychological (fear) factors that could be keeping you away from the bathroom.
It is important to urinate within 8 hours, less if you have been drinking fluids during your labor, to avoid infection. Infection can occur if your bladder gets overly full and the urine is not eliminated when it should be eliminated. If you are still having trouble urinating after a few days, you might have a urinary tract infection (UTI). If you feel pain when you are urinating even after your incisions and tears have begun to heal, if you feel the urge to urinate but only manage to evacuate small amounts, or you are running a fever, call your midwife or health care provider. Here are some helpful suggestions:
A full bladder can interfere with the midwife checking your postpartum uterine tone and can become quite painful. You should have urinated by the time she is ready to leave after the birth. After 24 hours, there is an increase in urination as the excess body fluids from the pregnancy are excreted. If this does not occur, there may be a bladder infection. If so, antibiotic treatment will need to be started.
- Squirting warm water over the perineum during urination may ease the discomfort. The warm water will soothe your perineal area and will dilute the urine so you do not feel the sting when you go. When finished urinating, gently pat the perineum dry. Be sure to pat from front to back.
- Getting up and moving around can help. As soon as you can, take a walk (do not over do it). Gravity and movement help get your systems back to work.
- Drink plenty of fluids. Fluids can kick in the urge to "go" and also prevents constipation.
- Ask for privacy if you feel you have a "shy bladder" and you do not feel like the company when you are trying to perform. Ask your partner, doula, midwife or nurse to wait outside the bathroom.
- Using a bed pan is not any fun, but post-delivery weakness could leave you needing one. Try sitting on the bedpan instead of lying on it. Do not be shy about asking your midwife or nurse to warm it up for you before you use it.
- Run the tap water while you are trying. Listening to the sound of running water can really help you to let the bladder go with the flow.
- Smelling Peppermint Essential Oil used as aromatherapy may help. (I learned this one while recovering from gallbladder surgery and the nurse brought it to me to use since I had postsurgical urine retention.)
- Counter urinary incontinence and/or to gain control over your perineal muscles: You can get your vaginal canal back in shape and regain control over urination by doing Kegel exercises. Kegels work the muscles that you use to stop and start the flow of urine. While sitting, squeeze those muscles and count to ten. Release and repeat 20 times. Do five sets a day. A good time to do it is while feeding the baby.
- Acupuncture for urinary retention may be considered.
Mrs. Lin, a 29-year-old teacher, vaginally delivered a normal baby on August 18, 2005. Five hours after delivery she was unable to urinate voluntarily, accompanied by the distension and dullness of the lower abdomen, which lasted for 18 hours. A day later she suffered from anuria, which may have been caused by the prolonged birthing process. The physical examination did not show any organic lesion. The top of the distended urinary bladder reached the level of one finger below the umbilicus. The intolerable sufferings could not be relieved by the administration of drugs. The patient did not want to be treated with urethral catheterization. As the patient was a little familiar to traditional Chinese medicine, she was willing to accept an acupuncture treatment.
Method: The patient took a lateral recumbent position. Zi Wu Dao Jiu needling was applied to the Huiyang (BL 35) acupoint. After the needling sensation was obtained, the reinforcing technique was performed by quickly and forcibly thrusting, as well as slowly and gently lifting the needle when it was thrusted downward by three steps to a deeper level together with a counter-clockwise twisting manipulation of the needle. As for the reducing maneuver, the needle was lifted upward by quickly and forcibly raising it, as well as slowly and gently thrusting, together with clockwise twisting manipulation of the needle to induce a needling sensation toward the perineal region. The needle should not be inserted too deep or it may influence the inferior gluteal artery and vein. The needle was then retained in the acupoint. Twenty minutes later, she felt a sense of urination and 800 ml of urine was spontaneously discharged. Forty-five minutes later, her pain was relieved. A follow-up visit after six months showed no sign of a relapse.
For full article by Acupuncture Today see: Treating Urinary Retention with Acupuncture: A Case Report
- Catherization with a Foley catheter is a last resort but may be necessary in some instances.
POSTPARTUM HERBAL SUPPORT
In Europe, Goldenrod is used in conjunction with other remedies and/or medications for the treatment of bladder infections, irritation of the urinary tract, and bladder or kidney stones.
Gravelroot is used for kidney stones, cystitis, and pelvic inflammatory disease. Because it encourages the excretion of excess uric acid, it is also used to treat rheumatism and gout. Gravelroot is also called Queen of the Meadow, Kidney Root, Purple Boneset and Joe Pye Weed (after the Native American herbalist Joe Pye). It has an apple scent. A strong decoction will help relieve kidney and urinary problems. The tea is also used to induce sweating and break a high fever. Also useful for rheumatism, gravel (gallstones), and dropsy (fluid retention).
The primary use of Marshmallow root is to relieve digestive and respiratory problems, such as coughs, colds, sore throats and asthma. Marshmallow root, as well as of each of the mentioned plants described as substitutes, is demulcent and diuretic, and may be used indiscriminately, the one for the other. They will be found valuable, in the form of decoction, in diseases of the mucous tissues, as hoarseness, catarrh, pneumonia, gonorrhea, vesical catarrh, renal irritation, acute dysentery, and diarrhea. In strangury, inflammation of the bladder, hematuria, retention of urine, some forms of gravel, and indeed in nearly every affection of the kidney and bladder, their use will be found advantageous. Much use is made of them combined with equal parts of Spearmint, in urinary derangements. Usage: 1 teaspoon. 2 to 3 times a day depending on condition.
Parsley leaf herb is a chlorophyl-rich member of the carrot family and a natural diuretic. Most fine restaurants offer Parsley as a garnish and breath freshener, a custom borrowed from the ancient Romans.
Wild Carrot (Daucus carota) Also known as Queen Anne's Lace. The seeds are a beneficial antiseptic diuretic useful in the treatment of cystitis and prostatitis. Also, the seeds are used for the prevention and washing out of gravel and urinary stones. As a diuretic, it helps with dropsy and the elimination of uric acid from the body (thus, used for gout).
The following nutrients are important for healing once appropriate local treatment has been administered. Unless otherwise specified, the following recommended doses are for adults over the age of 18. For children between the ages of 12 and 17, reduce the dose to 3/4 the recommended amount. For children between the ages of 6 and 12 years old, reduce the dose to 1/2 the recommended amount. For children under 6 years old, use 1/4 the recommended amount.
NUTRIENTS Supplement Suggested Dosage Comments Very Important Cranberry 1 quart pure, unsweetened cranberry juice daily. If pure juice is unavailable, cranberry capsules may be substituted. Take capsules with a large glass of water. Acidifies the urine and inhibits bacterial growth. Colloidal Silver As directed on label. A natural antibiotic. Destroys bacterial, viruses, and fungi. Promotes healing. Garlic (Kyolic)
2 capsules 3 times daily.
2 to 3 cloves garlic with meals 3 times daily.
A natural antibiotic and immune enhancer. Corn Silk (Cornsilk) 2 capsules daily. Have a diuretic effect and reduce bladder spasms. Vitamin C
Vitamin C: 4,000 to 5,000 mg daily in divided doses.
Bioflavonoids: 1,000 mg daily.
Produces antibacterial effect through acidification of urine. Important in immune function. Important Acidophilus As directed on label. Take on an empty stomach. Also use 1 tablespoon in 1 quart warm water as a douche. Caution: Do not douche in late pregnancy unless instructed to do so by your midwife. Needed to restore friendly bacteria. Especially important if antibiotics are prescribed. Calcium
1,500 mg daily.
750 to 1,000 mg daily.
Reduces bladder irritability.
Aids in the stress response and works best when balanced with calcium. Use magnesium chelate form.
10 drops twice daily. Also use 30 drops in 1 quart warm water as a douche. Caution: Do not douche in late pregnancy unless instructed to do so by your midwife. An important effective homeopathic antiviral, antibacterial and antifungal product.
An excellent support to the treatment of intracellular viral states such as candida albicans and environmental toxicity. Recommended for gum inflammation (periodontis) and other mouth related conditions. Inhibits the growth of disease and bacteria in water and helps alleviate symptoms of food poisoning, amoebic dysentery, or diarrhea. 25-percent more potent but a third of the price of Dioxychlor.
Bio-Chlor Dox Supplement Products MultiVitamin & MultiMineral Complex As directed on label. For essential balanced vitamins and minerals. Use a high potency, hypoallergenic form. With
10,000 IU daily. For essential balanced vitamins and minerals And
Beta-Carotene & Carotene Complex
15,000 IU daily. For essential balanced vitamins and minerals. N-Acetylcysteine
500 mg twice daily, on an empty stomach. A potent detoxifier that neutralizes free radicals. Potassium 99 mg daily. Replaces potassium lost as a result of frequent urination. Vitamin B Complex 50 to 100 mg twice daily, with meals. Necessary for proper digestion. High doses are necessary if antibiotics are used. Vitamin E 200 to 600 IU daily. Combats infecting bacteria. Use d-alpha-tocopherol form. Zinc 50 mg daily. Do not exceed a total of 100 mg daily from all supplements. Important in tissue repair and immunity. Plus
3 mg daily. Needed to balance with zinc. Aids in protein metabolism and in many enzyme systems.
NOTIFY YOUR HEALTH CARE PROVIDER
If you or a family member has symptoms of bladder infection (cystitis) or any other symptoms of a urinary tract infection (UTI). Fever of more than 101°F occurs. Blood appears in the urine. Discomfort and other symptoms do not improve in 1 week. New, unexplained symptoms develop. Drugs used in treatment may produce side effects. Symptoms recur after treatment.
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