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how to prevent bladder infections

Cranberry juice
Why it helps: Cranberry has been a natural treatment for bladder infections for generations. According to recent research, cranberry juice and cranberry tablets have shown some promise as a remedy for women who frequently experience bladder infections. However, it’s not entirely clear whether cranberry juice really works for treating bladder infections in the larger population.

Drink more water
Why it helps: Water flushes out the bacteria in your bladder, helping to eliminate the infection faster. It also dilutes your urine, so urination may be less painful. Urine is made of waste products and acids from your body. Concentrated, dark urine is more acidic and is sometimes more painful to pass when you have a bladder infection. Diluted urine is lighter in color and usually doesn’t burn as much.

Maintain Good Hygiene

Maintaining good hygiene is important for your bladder as well as overall health.

After using the toilet, wipe properly from front to back with toilet tissue. This will prevent germs from entering the urethra. Never wipe twice with the same tissue.
Do not use douches, soaps or deodorants in your vaginal area. The chemicals in these products can destroy the good bacteria in your system.
Wear sanitary pads instead of tampons and change the pads at regular intervals.
Take a shower daily, instead of a bath. If you take a bath, do not use bubble bath products.
After taking a shower, pat dry the vaginal and anal areas with a soft towel rather than rubbing them.
Keep your bathroom clean and avoid using dirty bathrooms or public toilets.

Empty Your Bladder as Needed

Keeping a full bladder for a long time or delaying the urge to urinate can contribute to a bladder infection. Holding your urine increases the risk of bacterial growth.

In addition, it increases pressure on the kidneys, which can cause kidney problems. Hence, urinate frequently to reduce the risk of bladder infections as well as kidney problems.