How Do I Prevent an Oncoming Bladder Infection?


Signs of a bladder infection include abdominal pain, backache, burning urination and frequent urination. But before experiencing a full-blown bladder infection, most people experience early signs or symptoms. Taking action at the first signs of a bladder infection can quickly remedy the problem and you may be able to avoid a trip to the doctor's office.

Things You'll Need

  • Water
  • Cranberry juice or supplements

Drink extra water to flush out your bladder and urinary tract. Frequent urination helps remove bacteria from your urinary tract and can prevent an oncoming bladder infection. Drink between two and four quarts of fluid a day. Water is best because it doesn't irritate the bladder.

Take cranberry supplements. Buy 100 percent cranberry juice or cranberry supplements from the drug or health food store. Take supplements as instructed to help soothe bladder irritation and prevent an infection.

Limit bubble baths and hygiene sprays. Ingredients in shower gels, bubble baths and feminine sprays can irritate the bladder and bring on an infection.

Choose your drinks wisely. Stay away from alcohol and caffeinated and carbonated beverages like sodas and coffee, which can irritate your urinary tract.

Wear loose-fitting garments. Tight pants and pantyhose can push bacteria into your urinary tract and cause a bladder infection. Choose light or loose-fitting clothes at the first sign of a bladder infection to ward off problems.

Tips & Warnings

  • Do not take cranberry supplements or drink cranberry juice if you have a history of kidney stones.

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