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SUNSHINE6442 Posts: 2,319
3/14/13 8:53 A

Ocean Spray Diet Cranberry has 3 sugars..I dilute it with water 1/2 cran and Half water prior to going to bed.....along with a probiotic daily...I agree with NAUSIKAA otherwise... as I was told the same thing...white cotton underware, drinking lots of water, urinate before and after intercourse, no baths, definetly no bubble baths,change immediatley after swimming or exercising and shower so their is no dampness, sleep without undies in lose fitting pajama's so air can get there......I was also told when you urinate, to try to urin ate twice since some pee could remain in the tract....I haven't had one since...

Consult with your doctor

NAUSIKAA Posts: 4,848
3/14/13 6:48 A

I've suffered from UTIs since I was 10. I get them very easily. I am on long-term antibiotics probably for the rest of my life. So don't worry, there are others who have it way worse ;)

I don't bother with cranberry juice. I used to take cranberry tablets which saves you the sugar but didn't get much benefit from those. My preventative measures are: drink a lot of water, pee all the time (and immediately after sex, before if possible also), change out of wet swimsuits immediately, showers only (no baths), no caffeine, a very low sugar diet, and of course the antibiotics.

I went back and forth with doctors for years before finally going to a UTI specialist. That was worth it. Since she started treating me in early 2010, I've never had another UTI. And this was after having dozens and dozens and dozens.

MEG-NATALIA07 Posts: 679
3/14/13 12:20 A

Preventative measures I've found to help:

Always drink at least 8 cups of water, daily.
Limit sugar.
Pee after sex--don't wait an hour. Be careful with lubricants; go simple, or coconut oil is great.
Eat fresh vegetables and fruits to keep your system humming so it can fight anything that comes up.

MANDIETERRIER1 Posts: 17,566
3/13/13 11:01 P

Read the label, sometimes the lite varieties of juice don't contain much juice.

Check the organic no sugar added varieties. Not even artificial sweeteners are added. And see if the carb count is acceptable.

There are Cranberry supplements. Check the ingredients to make sure you are not buying a pig in a poke. If you take prescriptions, please check with your doctor before you start taking any supplement

3/13/13 10:36 P

There is a cranberry concentrate over the counter at cvs or walgreens that will give you the amount you need in a medicinal dose without the sugar and calories. Brand name is Cystex.

PAT4PROG Posts: 652
3/13/13 9:01 P

Thank you Becky...I chose the lite version because of my diabetes, not the calorie count. Blood sugar control is very important to be. I do feel that true infections require medical attention, which I followed through with and am doing much better. I'm considering adding the juice daily as another healthy choice on my part.

3/13/13 8:14 P

What does the research support???

Regular use of Cranberry juice may help prevent a person from getting a UTI---especially those who are prone.

If you have an active UTI---cranberry juice does "not" help to get rid of the UTI---get yourself to the doctor.

SP Dietitian Becky

UNIDENT Posts: 33,498
3/13/13 7:41 P

If it's your first ever, don't worry about creating a preventative lifestyle. You don't suffer from interminable repeating UTI's, so don't act as if you do. Treat it, get over it, get back to normal living.

My last one I had, I was out of town, and had also tried running that day which apparently creates a GREAT DEAL more pain!! I hobbled into a local pharmacy and was given some cranberry UTI tablets and they let me have a glass of water to have one immediately.

By the time I'd gone a few blocks towards the motel again, I was feeling much better. With another cranberry drink later that day I was free of symptoms.

Seems to work awesomely. Of course, that's the specific UTI capsule. I have no idea if cranberry juice can work as quickly and easily. However, as treatment for a painful condition - who CARES about the calories?! It's temporary. Take the natural remedy if it works. You won't gain pounds and pounds from having a few juice drinks for 1-2 days.

I don't know about water gain. Didn't weigh myself.

YOGINILMT Posts: 309
3/13/13 6:33 P

I am plagued by UTIs. At the drop of a hat, i got one.

Here are my prevention and treatment techniques:
No sugar. I'm not talking fructose. I mean sucrose. Fructose usually comes with things like vitamin c, so we're good.
Pee after sex if you can. If not (cause who would want to hold it?), shower asap.
Don't have sex if you already a uti
Only wear breathable, cotton undies. Thongs are discouraged.
Wear clean underwear (duh)
Vitamin c supplements

And ask your dr about it. Certain meds and diseases can increase the risk of UTIs and certain home remedies should be avoided.
Your dr is the best source of information.

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3/13/13 5:57 P

Cranberry juice works really well for UTIs. It has a component in it that keeps bacteria from sticking to the bladder walls. It won't necessarily cure it, but sometimes it will, especially combined with drinking lots and lots and lots of water (which is a good idea anyway). It also helps considerably with symptom relief.

You do need to drink a lot of it. If you're using one of the 29% percent cranberry juice cocktails, we're talking several (2-3 at least) large juice glasses a day. So maybe not the happiest option for someone who is worried about sugar, because all of those have to be sweetened with something, even if it's just other fruit juices. Cranberry juice on its own is very hard to take even diluted.

Some people claim you want to avoid the sugar and drink the straight stuff anyway, though, due to the bacteria liking sugar -- I've never noticed a difference, personally. There are also cranberry concentrate tablets/capsules that you could look into, but I have no experience with them.

All personal experience/mileage may vary, etc.

PAT4PROG Posts: 652
3/13/13 5:19 P

This last week I was diagnosed with an UTI. Before visiting the doctor, I did want I'd always heard and started pushing the cranberry juice. I chose the "lite" variety due to my pre-diabeties. I ultimately did go to the doctor, was prescribe some anti-biotic and am doing much better. Since this was my first ever UTI, I have a few questions.
1-Would regular cranberry juice do better or does it even do any good?
The diet seems very weak in taste.
2-Do you hold water during this time?
The scale read up to 7 extra pounds(ouch)...just a couple of days after beginning the meds,
it has begin to lower.

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