There are also home remedies that some choose to use who believe all natural is the best way to go. In certain cases it is.
No matter what avenue you choose to explore–conventional or all natural–keep in mind that these treatment methods are not intended to replace the diagnosis or advice of your physician.
The drugs you are prescribed, and the length of time you remain on them, depends on your overall health and the type of bacteria found in your urine sample. The most common antibiotics used as treatment for simple bladder infections include Bactrim, Larotid, Furadantin, Cipro, Ampicillin and Levaquin. A simple bladder infection is one that has not affected the kidneys; one that has been detected early enough to treat quickly. Antibiotics generally need to be taken for three days.
If you are someone who experiences frequent bladder infections, your doctor may prefer to have you take antibiotics for longer periods of time, along with shorter courses of treatment as your symptoms end. This proves as a safety measure.
Should your bladder infections be the result of sexual activity, your doctor may instruct you to take an antibiotic after sexual intercourse as a preventative treatment for bladder infection.
Although bladder infections are less common in men, they do still occur. Unfortunately, antibiotic treatment for bladder infections in men lasts for weeks, as it takes longer for the medication to penetrate the prostate, the area containing the infection.
In addition to the antibiotics you take, your doctor may prescribe an analgesic, or numbing medication. This relieves the pain you experience during urination while the antibiotics are curing the infection. Pyridium is the most common drug prescribed for this purpose, and its only side effect is that it may change the color of your urine to red or orange.
Surgery as treatment for bladder infections is reserved for severe cases; cases in which there is a physical obstruction to the flow of urine such as a kidney stone. Surgery is also used to correct abnormalities such as a drooping uterus or bladder. These abnormalities may also disrupt the flow of urine, causing a bladder infection. Prior to surgery your doctor will prescribe an antibiotic to prevent the risk of the bladder infection from spreading through your body.
Treatment of Bladder Infections in Children
By the time children are 5 years of age, approximately 8 percent of girls, and 1 to 2 percent of boys will have had a bladder infection. The round of treatment for children is basically the same as it is for older children and adults. There are a few exceptions that require hospitalization, and these include:
* any child under the age of 6 months old
* any child with a high fever (greater than 101 degrees Fahrenheit in older children, and 100.4 degrees in infants)
* any child who is vomiting and cannot take fluids or medicine orally
Natural Treatments for Bladder Infections
Baking soda is for more than deodorizing and keeping your teeth white. It also helps neutralize the acid in your urine, expediting the healing process. Just add 1 teaspoon to a glass of water and bottoms up.
Drink 2 to 4 glasses of all-natural cranberry juice every day to help rid your body of the nasty bacteria responsible for the infection. Cranberry juice has actually been touted for having a slight antibiotic effect on the body.
There is the magical treatment for bladder infection, of course, and that is water. Although the normal recommended amount is 8 eight-ounce glasses per day, you need to bump that up and drink eight ounces every hour. This will make you urinate more frequently, washing away all the infection causing bacteria with it.
There are numerous treatments for bladder infections, as you can see. But perhaps the greatest thing you can do for yourself is take all the preventative measures you can to ensure a healthy, bacteria-free bladder.
Although this may sound difficult, it is easier than you think, and you will be thankful you did. Rather than suffering in pain and feeling the urge to urinate every half hour, you will be happily sipping on your cranberry juice with a smile on your face and a song in your heart.