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Urinary Tract Infection (UTI) Relief

A urinary tract infection (UTI) is an infection that affects part of the urinary tract. When it affects the lower urinary tract it is known as cystitis (a bladder infection) and when it affects the upper urinary tract it is known as pyelonephritis (or kidney infection). Symptoms from a lower urinary tract include painful urination and either frequent urination or urge to urinate (or both), while those of a kidney infection include fever and pain in the affected region in addition to the symptoms of a lower UTI.

For more information please refer to our most recent two blog articles: What is a Urinary Tract Infection? and Cranberry: the natural answer to Urinary Tract Infections (UTIs)

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Urinary Tract Infection Info

A urinary tract infection (UTI) is an infection that affects part of the urinary tract. When it affects the lower urinary tract it is known as a simple cystitis (a bladder infection) and when it affects the upper urinary tract it is known as pyelonephritis (a kidney infection). Symptoms from a lower urinary tract include painful urination and either frequent urination or urge to urinate (or both), while those of pyelonephritis include fever and flank pain in addition to the symptoms of a lower UTI. In the elderly and the very young, symptoms may be vague or nonspecific. The main cause of both types of UTI is Escherichia coli, however other bacteria, viruses or fungi may also be the cause (though this is a lot rarer.)

Urinary tract infections occur more commonly in women than men, with half of women having at least one infection at some point in their lives. Recurrences are common. Risk factors include female anatomy, sexual intercourse and family history. Pyelonephritis, if it occurs, usually follows a bladder infection but may also result from a blood borne infection. Diagnosis in young healthy women can be based on symptoms alone. In those with vague symptoms, diagnosis can be difficult because bacteria may be present without there being an infection. In complicated cases or if treatment has failed, a urine culture may be useful. In those with frequent infections, low dose antibiotics may be taken as a preventative measure.

In uncomplicated cases, urinary tract infections are easily treated with a short course of antibiotics, although resistance to many of the antibiotics used to treat this condition is increasing. In complicated cases, longer course or intravenous antibiotics may be needed, and if symptoms have not improved in two or three days, further diagnostic testing is needed. In women, urinary tract infections are the most common form of bacterial infection with 10% of women developing urinary tract infections every year.

Some research suggests that cranberry (juice or capsules) may decrease the incidence in those with frequent infections; however a Cochrane Review of the available research has concluded that the benefit, if it exists, is small. Long-term tolerance is also an issue with gastrointestinal upset occurring in more than 30%. Cranberry juice is thus not currently recommended for this indication.

Some intravaginal probiotics may also be beneficial.

Product Reviews

  • UTI's

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    This is the only herbal product that I have found that enables me to treat a UTI without having to eventually resorting to antibiotics. I do take more than recommended. I take 3-6 caps per day and I use baking soda in water in combination with this product to further alleviate discomfort for a few days to about one week. I have 3 times managed to avoid antibiotics and completely resolved a painful UTI.

    Dianna

    16/01/18

  • Very effective product

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    After suffering through many UTIs and dreading the onset on the next, I had been on a long course of antibiotics. My doctor recommended I try the D-mannose in another (more expensive) brand. I was advised to try the Clinician's formula by a pharmacist and I have been on the maintenance dose for a year now. At the first inkling of another infection, I just increase the dose for a couple of days, and it goes away. This is definitely a natural product that works as well or better than a pharmaceutical one.

    Catherine

    15/01/18

  • Excellent product

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    I used to get bladder infections on and off, they can be so debilitating and exhausting. I have tried other products, which have been good - but find if I have one of these every night before I go to bed it seems to prevent the onset of one. A very good product.

    Angela

    11/01/18

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