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15 Jan 2004

Bladder Infections
Hi Doc

Do you have any advise for reacurring bladder infection. Thanks
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naturopath

01 Jan 0001

Bladder Infections that keep recurring are either from an internal infection that is not being cleared up properly, or there is re-infection from outside the bladder. Most commonly it is other normal bacteria that live on the skin of the groin and genital areas, as well as bacteria that live in the rectum and colon. This bacteria can move from these areas up and into the bladder, by incorrect toilet wiping methods - always clean from front towards the anal area; another way is often during sexual activity where fluids containing bacteria can move up and into the bladder.
In all cases ensure that you drink lots of water whilst you have bladder symptoms, 2-3litres daily - on top of this drink 500ml-1l cranberry juice - cranberry juice contains an enzyme that makes it difficult for bateria to stay in the bladder and are thus flushed away.
For internal infections the herb goldenseal is effective as a natural anti-biotic, and should be used in addition to the above for 2-3weeks.
If your symptoms do not improve after 5 days, or worsen, or you start to feel more body aches, headaches it is a sign that the infection may be moving to the kidneys, in this case it is necessary to visit your doctor and anti-biotics will be necessary.
After symptoms have cleared, be sure to always drink sufficient water throughout the day, this is the main reason why bacteria can establish in the first place, urine is retained for too long and the bladder becomes irritated.
(Dr Chase Webber ND)
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