Bladder infections, now commonly called UTI's or Urinary Track Infections are a very common occurrence among women. While there are many times that bladder infections are a sign of a more serious condition, the occasional bladder infection is fairly common and you can treat them at home using natural methods. This can save you a trip to the doctor, medications, and time.

If you are one who has a lot of bladder infections or if you have a very painful bladder infection you should go see your doctor. If there is any bleeding involved or if your urine is reddish in color than you should see your doctor. Home remedies are wonderful, but there are times and places when anti-biotics are the best way to go. Make sure that you aren't taking any chances.

Calming The Pain.
Bladder infections are really painful and the first thing that you want to do is make sure that you are easing the pain. Depending on what you are planning on doing for the day, this can be easier or more difficult. However, there are several options that will let you meet your own needs.

  • Water bottle or moist heating pad. One great option for calming the plan of the bladder is to sit with hot water bottle on your bladder. It is also possible to use a heating pad, especially if it has a wet pad for moist heat. The moist heat makes a huge difference in calming the bladder.
  • A hot bath. Many people argue about whether or not a hot bath should be taken when you have a bladder infection. The idea is that sitting in water will encourage bacteria. This doesn't happen though. You should avoid any bath products including bath salts (which often have fragrances, dyes, and oils), bubble bath, and other ingredients. Instead add a cup of baking soda. This is soothing and will kill bacteria!
  • Over the counter medicines. Aspirin and Ibuprofen are both medications that have anti-inflammatory medications as well as pain medication. Take two of one or the other (never both and never more than the dosage recommended on the bottle). These will help make the pain feel a bit more tolerable. Another option to help with the pain is AZO Tablets or OTC Cystex are both over the counter medications that help to relieve the pain of the bladder infection.

Get Rid Of The Bladder Infection.
While feeling better is definitely important, you also want to work on getting rid of the bladder infection while you are treating the pain. You should start working on getting rid of your bladder infection as soon as you feel the symptoms (tingling, pain, or difficulty going). That will give these home remedies a better chance of working.

  • Cranberry. Many people swear on the effectiveness of cranberry juice. Others, including many doctors, believe that cranberry doesn't do anything for a bladder infection. However, some research suggests that by taking large amounts of cranberry juice or cranberry supplements you change the pH of your urine which in turn kills bacteria in the bladder. The easiest way to get large amounts of cranberry is to buy cranberry supplements. If you choose to add juice then you need to make sure that it is a juice with lots of cranberry since many juices have 10% cranberry juice! If you like cranberries you can eat them as well, but you will also need to make sure that you are drinking lots of juice or taking supplements as well.
  • Lemon Juice and Water. With the same idea, you can use lemon juice to make your urine more acidic. To do this you should drink 1/2 cup of lemon juice three times a day. You will also want to take a lot of water in to move this along your system.
  • Apple Cider Vinegar. Another way to add acid to your system is to drink apple cider vinegar. You should add 1 tablespoon to a glass of water. To make it a little different you can add ice and drink it like tea.
  • Asparagus. Many people say that asparagus is a great way to go when working to get rid of a bladder infection. All you need to do is eat a can or two of asparagus each day for a week. Make sure you are also draining the juice of the asparagus.
  • Vitamin C. Vitamin C can also change the pH of your urine which in turn will kill bacteria. You can take a vitamin C supplement a few times a day or take several vitamin C Hall's defense drops.

All of these methods change the pH of the bladder which then kills the bacteria. You can use more than one so that you are sure to make a difference and you don't have to be stuck with something you aren't going to like (five days of asparagus is going to be hard!).

Drink, Drink, and Drink Some More.
In addition to eating and or drinking things so you need to make sure that you are drinking a lot of water. Even though this usually leads to more trips to the bathroom, it will help flush the bacteria out of your bladder. You should get at least ten glasses of water. In addition to water it is a good idea to drink juice. Drink at least three glasses of juice as well.

Don't Drink Things That Will Cause Problems.
While drinking a lot of fluids is really important you need to make sure that you aren't drinking coffee, soda, or other items with caffeine.

Visit Your Doctor.
You should visit your doctor if your symptoms get worse, if you don't get better with in a week, or if bleeding begins. It is important that you don't hold off too long. It should also be noted that cranberry, lemon, and other pH adjusting ingredients can aggravate ulcers and bladder conditions such as interstitial cystitis.

In many cases there are a number of great ways to get rid of bladder infections. You only need to make sure that you are taking care of yourself. You need to make sure that you are choosing the method that will work best for you or combining methods for the best results. Whenever possible prevent urinary tract infections instead.