Frequent UTI's for about 4 years now. I've finally got the hang of kicking one fast. I almost never have one that last past the first day and I'm no longer spending half my life in doctor's offices, waiting for them to run tests that will tell me what I already know. First line of defense is always to start drinking as much water as possible. I go through probably 6 regular size glasses (about 1.5 cups each) in the first 2-3 hours. Even if it stops hurting MORE WATER. I almost always keep OTC urinary pain medication (like AZO) on hand just so I don't have to suffer for those first twelve or so hours. Next I drink 1/2 tsp of baking soda dissolved in a cup of water. Nasty flavor and I wash every swallow down with plain water, but it seriously works. I may do this a second time, after twelve hours or so, but I usually don't have to. And just to make 110% sure, I almost always drink an entire bottle of cranberry juice (100% juice, NOT cranberry juice cocktail), alternating a glass of juice with a glass of water throughout the day. On their own each of these things helps, but it's the combo that guarantees me relief.
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