A urinary tract infection (UTI) can be a very serious condition. Once the microbes that cause a UTI travel from the urethra to the bladder, they can move further into the kidneys. When this happens, the person afflicted is at risk for severe illness, according to WebMD. Symptoms of a kidney infection include back pain, fever, nausea, vomiting and confusion. If you have any of these symptoms, it is essential you call your doctor and seek antibiotic treatment.
To prevent the infection from spread that far, it is extremely important to treat a UTI when you first notice symptoms such as a frequent and intense urge to urinate or a painful, burning feeling in the bladder or urethra during urination, explains the National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases. UTIs are typically caused by bacteria, which is why natural antibacterial home remedies can be effective in fighting uncomplicated UTIs. Home remedies that act as diuretics and anti-inflammatories are also helpful in soothing the pain of a UTI.
1. Parsley water. Parsley water can be an effective diuretic, which means it makes you urinate more often, according to Everyday Roots. Urinating more often is key to treating a UTI because you need to flush your body of the toxic microbes causing the infection. To make parsley water, add 1 cup (30 to 40 g) of chopped parsley to 1 to 2 cups (240 to 475 ml) of boiling water. Let the leaves simmer in the hot water for 6 to 10 minutes. Strain the leaves and drink the water while it is hot. You can also add ice to make a refreshing parsley iced tea.
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