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jrc1963 posted 5/31/2013 19:44 PM

I think I might have a UTI... does that over counter stuff... AZO work?

I've only ever had 2 UTI's and those were 20 years ago now.

I'm not even sure I have one yet.

jo2love posted 5/31/2013 19:59 PM


I hope you feel better.

UnexpectedSong posted 5/31/2013 19:59 PM

1 gallon of cranberry juice diluted with 1 gallon of water. Stay close to the bathroom with all that liquid. Repeat.

I can feel a UTI within 36 hours, about 2 days before the tests can pick it up.

jrc1963 posted 5/31/2013 20:14 PM

Ugh... I hate cranberry juice

roughroadahead posted 5/31/2013 20:16 PM

If you have a UTI, and especially if you're not sure that's what it is, see your MD. AZO may relieve the symptoms, like pain and urgency, but it doesn't kill the bacteria. It is something that normally needs antibiotics.

Drinking plenty of water certainly will help. The trouble with UTIs is that although they can go away on their own (so to speak) if they don't, and ascend, you're getting into a mess that may end with kidney infections.

Best just to get it taken care of.

[This message edited by roughroadahead at 8:17 PM, May 31st (Friday)]

Dark Inertia posted 5/31/2013 20:26 PM

The tried and true method for saving money on expensive drugs and getting rid of that pesky UTI is baking soda. I had a UTI a few months back and didn't want to go to the doctor. I pounded down a glass of water with a teaspoon of baking soda, twice a day. UTI was gone within a few days. I have read cream of tartar is just as effective.

[This message edited by Dark Inertia at 8:27 PM, May 31st (Friday)]

jrc1963 posted 5/31/2013 20:27 PM

Yeah... I would go to the dr if this develops into something.

But I was hoping to ease the symptoms too...

Right now I just have this hint of pain going up after peeing... If you've ever had a UT I that makes sense.

jrc1963 posted 5/31/2013 20:29 PM

I never heard of the baking soda cure. Does the baking soda taste nasty?

Dark Inertia posted 5/31/2013 20:32 PM

It tastes like alka seltzer, so yeah, it is putrid. :p But it does work, and definitely alleviates the pain.

[This message edited by Dark Inertia at 8:32 PM, May 31st (Friday)]

Dark Inertia posted 5/31/2013 20:34 PM

When I did it I had to have a glass of plain water to wash down because of the taste.

If the UTI is especially bad I would go to the doctor, but if it is the onset and more of a nuisance I would save the money and do a home remedy or OTC.

jrc1963 posted 5/31/2013 21:42 PM

I have baking soda in the house... I shall give it a try. Can't hurt anyway.

purplejacket4 posted 5/31/2013 21:48 PM

As a physician I've never heard or read of baking soda. Cranberries do work but if you don't like the juice the pills work just as well. Azo only decreases the pain. It does not get rod on an infection. I tell patients if their symptoms aren't better in 48 hours after cramberries and fluids see a doctor. Or go right away if their is fever, vomiting or back pain as that indicates a kidney infection.

Jrazz posted 5/31/2013 21:53 PM

There are rumors swirling that raw garlic might be helpful... I'm not sure though.

(I'll tell you in 48 hours.... )

jrc1963 posted 5/31/2013 21:54 PM

Thanks Dr PJ...

If it is a UTI it's a very mild one right now. I'm still putting out normal volumes of urine... and I'm not really having any pain. No fever, no vomiting and no back pain.

Just a little burn when I pee and I can feel a little sting going back up the ureter... other than that I feel a little cramping in my abdomen... but that could be from my period vs. UTI.

UnexpectedSong posted 5/31/2013 22:17 PM

The little cramps and that sting are my symptoms.

Want2help posted 5/31/2013 22:17 PM

Definitely cranberries pills. Much more concentrated than juice. It will help keep the bacteria from being able to colonize the walls of your bladder.

alphakitte posted 5/31/2013 22:26 PM

2Tbs. water and 1Tbs.,vinegar.

Pinch your nose and swallow quickly.

Repeat in the morning.

Jrazz posted 5/31/2013 22:54 PM

Follow up on my last post...

Raw garlic = raging heartburn.

Want2help posted 5/31/2013 23:02 PM

Also, I used to have chronic UTIs. I had a male urologist who would tell me "Are you sure you're wiping from front to back?" ( )

He wanted me to begin an antibiotic-a-day for life. I said heck no. Finally saw a female nurse who told me to pee immediately after sex, every time, no matter what, and take a cranberry pill a day.

No UTIs since.

Spirit13 posted 6/1/2013 08:41 AM

there is a supplement called D-Mannose it is similar to the substance in cranberries but much more potent. You can get it at health food stores. Take this now and it will definitely get rid of it sooner. It is just a kind of sugar, but it prevents the bacteria from attaching to the bladder walls.

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