Bladder infections are uncomfortable and embarrassing for both men and women. If left untreated, they could progress into much bigger health problems involving your liver and your kidneys. If you think that you might be suffering from a bladder infection, talk to you doctor. Then, try any of these suggestions on how to treat a bladder infection.
Communicate with your doctor. A bladder infection isn't something to be taken lightly. It begins as a minor bodily ailment, but it can quickly get worse. So you need to talk to your doctor immediately if you begin to suspect that you may have a bladder infection. Describe your symptoms to your doctor and request that he prescribe you some antibiotics. Taken properly, these should help to treat and heal your bladder infection within a week.
Drink cranberry juice. Another way to clean out your bladder and get rid of the infection is to harness the natural healing qualities of cranberry juice. Think of it as a disinfectant for your urinary tract and bladder! Drink at least a quart of pure cranberry juice every day. Or, take cranberry tablets or capsules. Be very sure that you're not drinking cranberry cocktail - this isn't natural juice, and so it won't treat your bladder infection the same way that pure, 100% cranberry juice will.
Drink lots of fluids in general. Along with cranberry juice, make an effort to drink more, period. Plenty of fluids in your system will help to flush out your system. If you're constantly drinking, then you will be running more fluids through your bladder, which will help to clean it out and get rid of the infection. (Aim for at least one tall glass of water every hour!)
Take vitamin C. Vitamin C will naturally boost your immune system. If you're battling a bladder infection, it's definitely something that you want to add to your daily regime. Vitamin C will add more acid in your urine too, which helps to combat and kill bacteria. When taken over a week or two, vitamin C should help to treat your bladder infection naturally.
Consider other medications. Along with vitamin C, there are a few other over-the-counter medications that you can try to help treat your bladder infection. Acidophilus, a natural supplement, will help the right bacteria to grow in your bladder again. But also consider stronger medications aimed to combat bladder infections. Look for pain relievers meant for urinary tract infections, antibiotics and other specific bladder-related medications.
Limit things that will aggravate your bladder infection. During the time that you have a bladder infection, you don't want to do anything that is going to make your bladder infection worse and prolong your recovery. So as hard as it may be, try to avoid sex until your bladder infection subsides. As well, limit your consumption of alcohol, caffeine and soda (at least, carbonated soda). All of these will draw out your recovery and work against your efforts to treat your bladder infection.
While you're healing, you should wear breathable cotton underwear. This gives your bladder the best chance of recovering. A diet rich in diuretics like watermelon and celery will also help to naturally treat your bladder infection.