How do I Treat Urinary Tract Infection Pain?

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A urinary tract infection (UTI) isn’t usually serious if you catch it in time, but it can still cause mild to severe pain until you treat it. Common types of urinary tract infection pain, such as burning while urinating and flank, side, and bladder pain, are typically easily treatable. Antibiotics are the most common kinds of treatments and generally help relieve pain within a day or two of taking them. Some people prefer more natural treatments such as herbal combinations prescribed by naturopathic doctors. Although at-home pain remedies don’t usually cure the infections, many people find relief from urinary tract infection pain with cranberry products, heat, and over-the-counter pain medication.

Generally, your doctor will prescribe antibiotics to cure your UTI. Although antibiotics aren’t a type of pain medication, they do treat the infection causing the pain. This means your pain will begin to lessen and eventually disappear after you begin taking antibiotics. Keep in mind that the absence of pain doesn’t mean the infection is cured. It’s important to continue taking the antibiotics until they’re gone or as long as prescribed.


There are other ways you can treat urinary tract infection pain while you wait for your doctor’s appointment or for the antibiotics to start working. Many doctors recommend drinking plenty of water to help flush out the bacteria causing the UTI, and mixing at least a teaspoon of baking soda with each glass of water can help speed up the pain relief. Cranberry products, such as pure cranberry juice and not cranberry cocktails with sugar, have been shown to provide relief. Note that some companies manufacture over-the-counter pills, many of which are cranberry-based, designed to provide relief from urinary tract infection pain. Some studies have shown that other fruits, such as blueberries and pineapple, can also help fight a UTI as well as decrease the pain.

Of course, you can consider other traditional forms of pain relief. The pain is rarely severe enough for prescription pain medication, and most sufferers experience relief with over-the-counter pain medicine. A properly placed heating pad or hot water bottle can help with flank pain and side pain, and a hot bath can cover even more painful areas.

If you want to avoid antibiotics, consider alternative urinary tract infection treatments. Some people experience pain relief and even cures when they undergo treatments involving certain herbs, such as goldenseal root, uva ursi, and bychu. It’s best to consult a licensed naturopathic physician for these treatments rather than begin them on your own.


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Cat urinary tract infections are also very common. My cat is trained to use a litter box, and he has been using one since he was a kitten. When he started urinating on the floor instead of in the litter box I didn't understand what was going on. Cats have minds of their own, so I thought maybe he had just decided he didn't want to use the littler box, and he would eventually get back to using the litter box.

When he started to cry while he was peeing that's when I knew there was really something wrong with him. He sounded like he was in a lot of pain. I took him to the vet, and the vet told me the cat had a urinary tract infection. The vet told me that a good number of the cats that he sees in his office have these kinds of infections.

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@Laotionne - Men do get urinary tract infections. The reason urinary tract infections in men do not occur as frequently as they do in women is because of the differences in the bodies of women and men.

The bacteria that get inside the body and cause urinary tract infections do not have as far to travel in a woman's body as they do in the body of a man. Women have a shorter urethra than men, and since the bacteria that cause urinary tract infections have to travel via the urethra to get to the bladder and cause the infection, women are at a greater risk for these ailments.

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My aunt swears by cranberry juice to ward off urinary tract infections, but what I am wondering is do men have urinary tract infections? I don't hear about urinary tract infections in men, but they are so common in women. Why do women have them more often than men have them?

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