I'm an 18 year old girl with a single sexual partner. 2 months ago I began showing symptoms of a uti. As I have candidiasis I tried alternative therapies rather than getting antibiotics (cranberry pills and other herbal remedies). This helped a lot, but after a month symptoms flaired again. I went to the doctor, tested positively for a uti caused by the ecoli bacterium. I took a week of trimethoprim twice per day. This helped slightly. I returned to the doctor after a week and was prescribed cefalexin. After a week of 4 doses a day, I didn't feel much better. I returned to the doctor, was retested (still had a uti) and was prescribed amoxicillin 3 times a day for a week. I have just finished the course and I'm still feeling 'twinges' in my urethra. What should I do? I don't want a fourth course of antibiotics! Any advice please...
I just had UTI a week ago. I did extensive research on curing it naturally. It was painful, as I refused to take any pain relievers or antibiotics. But in the end, I was successful!
Cranberry juice is not the BEST thing to drink.
It makes urine very acidic, which creates a suitable environment for E.coli to multiply super fast.
Alkaline urine is the way to go. It slows down, and can eventually stop, growth of E.coli.
Drink lemonade, add a pinch of baking soda to water, etc.
(old grandma's advise to take alka-seltzer works for some, because it contains baking soda)
I was initially ODing on cranberry pills and drinking cranberry juice, but it made my symptoms worse. A lot of women report this and you can read about it at http://www.cranberryjuice.eu/
Take D-Mannose supplement. (Instant cure, trust me!)
D-Mannose is a special type of sugar that's found naturally in food, like cranberry.
It has a different arrangement of atoms than glucose sugar, so your body won't digest most of it and pass it to urine.
When it reaches the bladder and urinary tract, it meets E.coli, which is making colony on your cells for sugar. E.coli loves D-Mannose more than glucose, so it detaches from your urinary tract and attaches to D-Mannose. Then when you urinate, E.coli leaves your body with D-Mannose. (yay!)
It is way better than drinking cranberry juice, because it does not make urine acidic.
This gave me an instant cure!! I was skeptical at first, but I was sold after reading its reviews @ Amazon.com.
I bought it in powder form. It is almost tasteless and dissolves quick in water.
It is completely harmless to your body, unlike antibiotics and painkillers!
Grapefruit seed extract (GSE) helps, but could not give me a complete cure. It might cure minor UTI symptoms.
GSE is a natural antibiotics. I used this for a week before buying D-Mannose. It definitely helped a lot, but it tastes bad and could not get rid of UTI completely. Still, it is a much safer, healthier, and cheaper option to doctor's antibiotics.