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The Truth About At-Home UTI Treatments: Insights from Dr. Shusterman

The Prevalence of UTIs and the Appeal of At-Home Treatments

UTIs are a common and often painful infection caused by bacteria entering the urinary tract through the urethra. While many people may reach for at-home remedies at the first sign of discomfort, these treatments may not always be helpful. In fact, some at-home UTI treatments can actually do more harm than good.

The Cranberry Juice Myth: Debunking a Common UTI Treatment

One of the most persistent myths about UTIs is that drinking cranberry juice can cure them. However, according to Dr. David Shusterman, founder of New York Urology, this is not the case. While cranberry juice may help prevent UTIs, it is not an effective treatment for an active infection. Drinking cranberry juice just creates an environment where you drink more water, which causes you to urinate more frequently.

Insights from Dr. Shusterman: Why Antibiotics are the Best Option for UTIs

Relying on cranberry juice can actually harm you. If you have an active infection, you're going to need a course of antibiotics to cure it. Untreated UTIs can lead to stronger, more resistant infections, which can travel to the bladder and kidneys.

While cranberry juice cannot cure a UTI, it can possibly help prevent a future one. The acid found in the juice helps create a hostile environment for any bacteria that may enter the urinary tract. Researchers have found that cranberries help prevent bacteria from easily being able to adhere to the walls of the urinary tract and cause infection.

Tips for Avoiding UTIs in the First Place

There are other ways to try to ward off UTIs, such as making sure you are properly hydrated by drinking plenty of water, so that urine doesn't become too concentrated. Concentrated urine can gather bacteria, so make sure you empty your bladder regularly. You should also always empty your bladder after you have sex, to help get rid of any bacteria traveling to the urinary tract.

When to See a Doctor: The Importance of Proper Diagnosis and Treatment

It's important to note that if you have any discomfort, it's best to see your doctor. Sexually transmitted infections can also mimic a UTI, and only a urine test can accurately diagnose a UTI. A doctor can give you an antibiotic and treat the infection ASAP to avoid further infection and pain.

The Bottom Line on At-Home UTI Treatments

In conclusion, while at-home remedies may seem like a quick and easy solution to UTIs, they may not be effective and can even cause harm. It's important to consult with a healthcare professional for proper diagnosis and treatment. And remember, prevention is key - staying hydrated and emptying your bladder regularly can help ward off UTIs in the first place.

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