A urinary tract infection (UTI) is a bacterial infection that affects part of the urinary tract. – Wikipedia
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The first time I had an attack was in the year 2004. And ever since then, UTI kept paying me unwanted visits – sometimes up to two times a month, every month! This is known as recurrent UTI.
Anyone experiencing UTI would know that this is a traumatic experience. I am very lucky, my husband knows that I am not joking when I say it’s excruciatingly painful.
The attack can come at anytime. It doesn’t see place, temperature, what you may be doing, whether you have had sex or not - if it wants to come, it hits you.
I have tried many remedies. You name it, I have tried it. I have gone on numerous antibiotics, culture tests, scans, and yet nothing helped to keep it away.
Oh I don’t have to mention how much water I drink everyday! Water is like fuel for me. Without it, I can’t function well.That's the most common thing someone would say when you tell them you have UTI "Oh, you should drink more water". At the rate that I drink, I do not know how much more can I take! Too much of H2O is also not good for the body.
These are the remedies that I have tried but with no success:
- Imediately when I know I have the attack – I soak my lower region in a tub filled with hot water & salt. This remedy came from my mom. It did give temporary relief, but that’s about it
- Drinking cranberry juice. One of my bestie even bought me the concentrated original cranberry juice, and I took it – yet it didn’t help
- Drinking barley water was of no help either
- To force myself to pass urine to flush out the bacteria, I used to drink tea water (Teh O kosong) – it’s diuretic
- Some even said to try boiling ‘misai kucing a.k.a cat’s whiskers’ and drink the water. Nope. Didn’t work
A few things that works for me when I feel UTI’ish are:
- Drinking 100 plus. Also a tip shared by my mom. I am not too sure if it is because of the mineral content, but it does help
- Drinking Ural 3 times a day or especially at night before I go to bed. I take 2 sachets at one go
One thing that has succeeded in keeping UTI away for a couple of months now is when I stopped taking my Vitamin C. I used to take buffered Vit C together with other supplements daily. A doctor suggested that I try stopping and monitor from then. It has worked so far.