According to DrDonnica.com, almost half of all women will have at lease one bladder infection during their lifetime.
A bladder infection can be caused by bacteria spreading from the rectum area into the urethra. Bacteria that can cause an infection include E.coli, Klebsiella, staphylococcus saprophyticus, proteus species and enterobacter.
Although antibiotics can be taken for a bladder infection, there are things you can do at home to help with pain. A hot bath helps lessen pain from a bladder infection.
Adding baking soda to a hot bath will help clean the vaginal area.
Adding oils to a bath can help during an active infection and can prevent future bladder infections. These oils include juniper berry, sandalwood, chamomile, pine, tea tree or bergamot.
If you take a hot bath to help sooth your body from pain caused from a bladder infection, the Native Remedies Web site cautions against using bubble bath and scented soap because they may irritate your genital area.