Many people believe their Uti is gone but they continue experiencing symptoms of bladder irritation. Some of the symptoms include overactive bladder, urethra irritation, bladder spasms etc. If you have these symptoms despite taking antibiotics, do talk to your doctor. In majority of the cases though, there is no reason for worry as these symptoms usually disappear on their own. That said; you will need to take several precautions in terms of diet, post sexual intercourse hygiene and also in terms of fluid intake to minimize bladder irritation.
Impact of frequent urination post UTI
Post uti urinary incontinence and bladder irritation can severely impact one’s quality of life. Having pain, spasms and the urge to pee constantly can be embarrassing, and can also lead to sleep deprivation and social isolation. If post-uti symptoms like frequent urination and pain do not go away, do talk to your doctor. You might have to invest in adult diapers to prevent smell of urine drops. Outings will mean that you need to ensure there are toilets on hand.
Here are some remedies to prevent bladder irritation and other post UTI symptoms:
Drink adequate fluids
Drink 8-10 glasses of water. You should ideally urinate 4-6 times in a span of 24 hours. Empty your bladder completely when you feel the urge to pee. If you do not drink adequate fluids, your bladder will produce concentrated urine which is more likely to develop germs and infections. You are also more likely to get constipated. Inadequate water intake could lead to spasms in the lining of the bladder which can cause stomach and back aches.
Avoid certain fluids
Drinks like caffeine, colas, alcohol, grapefruit, pineapple and orange juice etc are known to irritate the bladder. If you are experiencing urethra irritation after UTI, avoid these drinks. Choose water, fresh fruit juices and herbal teas as far as possible. Herbal teas like licorice, peppermint and ginger tea are known to relieve pain and inflammation and can also prevent constipation and bloating.
Pelvic floor exercises
If stress incontinence is an issue (urinating when you laugh, sneeze or cough) you can try and strengthen the pelvic muscles with the help of pelvic floor exercises. Squats, yoga postures like sarvangasana etc can also help strengthen the pelvic muscles.
Nocturia is a symptom which causes frequent urination at night. This is a common problem in the elderly and can impact the quality of sleep. To prevent this symptom, avoid drinking water just before bedtime.
Some people believe that Cranberry juice can help prevent UTIs. However, patients with arthritis, irritable bowel syndrome, heartburn and hiatal hernia should not drink cranberry juice. The tannins in cranberries prevent colonization of e.coli bacteria and keep them from sticking to the walls of the bladder. This can prevent urine infections. Try drinking a glass of 200 ml of cranberry juice per day, twice a day. You may need to do this daily for at least 5 weeks to see results.
Patients must avoid diet rich in tomatoes, fruits and other acidic foods. Make sure to drink plenty of fluids as stated above. Avoid caffeine, alcohol, fried and salty foods. Eat fruits, vegetables and lean meat.
If your doctor has prescribed antibiotics, make sure you take them at the same time every day. If you miss a dose, take it when you remember. Do not stop the medicine even if you feel better. Doing so could actually worsen your symptoms.
Herbs and supplement for bladder irritation
Many men and women have benefitted from taking Uva Ursi and D-mannose powder/pills for curing bladder irritation. These supplements are readily available over the counter and you can take them for a few days to see results.
Having a bladder irritation post UTI can be a confusing time. Many women rush to the doctor thinking that their UTI medicines have not worked. There is usually no need for you to repeat those antibiotics. Try the above dietary changes to see if they make a difference in your symptoms.