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Treat and Prevent UTIs Without Drugs

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Urinary tract infections (UTIs), which are infections anywhere along the urinary tract, including the bladder and kidneys, are the second most common type of infection in the United States. (1) Read on for five ways to prevent and treat a UTI without antibiotics.

UTI treatment without antibiotics
It is possible to get rid of a UTI without antibiotics. iStock/Tom Merton

UTIs can be caused by poor hygiene, impaired immune function, the overuse of antibiotics, the use of spermicides, and sexual intercourse. The most common cause, accounting for about 90 percent of all cases, is the transfer of Escherichia coli bacteria from the intestinal tract to the urinary tract.

For those of you who have experienced a UTI, there isn’t much you wouldn’t do to avoid another one. While I personally have never had a UTI, my patients have told me how symptoms like pain, burning, nausea, and even bloody urine can be debilitating, and for those who get chronic UTIs, the fear of infection can be enough to prevent engagement in any activities that could trigger one. For people who get them frequently, sometimes a specific cause cannot even be pinpointed. This can be frustrating and scary.

Fortunately, there are a few methods of natural UTI treatment and prevention that have worked extremely well for my patients, to the point where they no longer worry about getting a UTI.

These treatments don’t require a prescription, are inexpensive, and are completely drug-free. While your doctor may not know about them, I hope this article will help you completely avoid UTIs—or at least significantly reduce their frequency and severity. I recommend working with a Functional Medicine practitioner who is focused on treating the root cause of your UTIs.

UTIs can be debilitating, but it is possible to get relief without requiring a prescription. Check out this article for five ways to cure UTIs without antibiotics. #functionalmedicine #wellness #chriskresser

What Is the Standard Treatment for a UTI?

Doctors typically use antibiotics to treat UTIs, and the type and duration depend on your health condition and the type of bacterium found in your urine. (2) Commonly prescribed antibiotics are:

  • Trimethoprim/sulfamethoxazole (Bactrim)
  • Amoxicillin
  • Ampicillin
  • Ciprofloxacin (Cipro)

These antibiotics are often unnecessary and may cause more problems in the future by destroying the beneficial bacteria that prevent pathogenic bacteria from growing. Long-term use of antibiotics can also lead to antibiotic resistance in strains of bacteria like E. coli in the gut, and a UTI caused by these bacteria will be even more challenging to eliminate and can cause more serious issues like a kidney or bladder infection.

Furthermore, antibiotics do very little to prevent the infection from happening in the first place. So, while drugs may be an easy fix for the short term, in the long run, you will continue to be susceptible to UTIs, and these infections may be worse than if you had never taken a course of antibiotics in the first place!

UTI treatment without antibiotics
Cranberries contain D-mannose, which is an effective natural remedy for UTIs. iStock/Terryfic3D

Curing and Preventing UTIs Naturally: D-Mannose

Treating UTIs with D-Mannose

D-mannose is by far the most effective supplement for both treatment and prevention of UTIs. Similar to glucose in structure, D-mannose is a naturally occurring sugar that is found in a number of fruits, including apples, blueberries, and cranberries. (3) This sugar is the reason that cranberry juice has been commonly recommended as a UTI treatment, though it is far easier to get the recommended dosage from a supplement. D-mannose is effective because it attaches to E. coli bacteria, causing them to stick to each other and preventing them from sticking to the walls of the urinary tract. (4) The bacteria can then easily be eliminated from the body during urination.

D-mannose, even in large quantities, does not cause any adverse effects, and cannot be metabolized the way other sugars can, meaning this supplement is safe for people with diabetes and others who are avoiding sugar for any reason. This treatment is also safe for children and the elderly.

Symptom relief can be seen as quickly as the following day, and most symptoms of UTI are generally resolved after 48 hours of treatment. Additionally, taking D-mannose during a time where you feel you are most prone to UTIs, such as before intercourse or during prolonged antibiotic treatment, can help prevent a UTI from ever developing in the first place. This is especially helpful for those who are prone to chronic UTIs and want to be able to engage in normal life activities without fear of infection.

The typical dose of D-mannose for UTI treatment is 500 mg, in capsule or powder form, taken with or in a glass of water or juice every two to three hours for five days. It is a good practice to continue taking the supplement even after symptoms have diminished to ensure complete elimination of the bacteria in the urinary tract. This dose can also be taken as a preventive, or prophylactic, method.

While there has not been any peer-reviewed research to support the effectiveness of D-mannose in treating or preventing UTIs, clinical and anecdotal experience suggests it is highly effective for the majority of infections, both acute and chronic. Some of my patients who have used D-mannose as a UTI treatment method have even described its effects as “miraculous”—so it’s definitely worth a shot!

Four Alternative Treatments for Chronic UTIs

One caveat with D-mannose is that it is only effective with UTIs caused by E. coli infection. While this accounts for about 90 percent of cases, 10 percent will not benefit from this treatment. In this case, supplements that help disrupt biofilms can be useful in treating and preventing UTIs.

Biofilms are an accumulation of microorganisms and their extracellular products forming structured communities attached to a surface such as the lining of the urogenital tract. (5) The development of a biofilm can make infections extremely hard to treat, since they commonly return shortly after treatment is stopped.

The antibacterial resistance of pathogenic biofilms is one of the major reasons why those who get a UTI are highly susceptible to getting more in the future—if the biofilm is not completely eliminated, the infection will eventually return at some point.

1. InterFase Plus and Biofilm Defense

This is why the use of biofilm disruptors can be helpful for preventing the recurrence of chronic UTIs. The biofilm disruptors that I recommend to my patients are InterFase Plus from Klaire Labs or Biofilm Defense from Kirkman. These contain specialized enzymes to disrupt the biofilm matrix embedding potential of pathogens, and dissolve the sugar and fibrin components of most pathogenic biofilms. By destroying the biofilms, the recurrence of UTIs despite proper hygiene can be reduced. (6)

2. Lauricidin

Lauricidin is another supplement that may help in treating UTIs, particularly those that are caused by types of bacteria other than E. coli. Lauricidin (a proprietary form of monolaurin) has antiviral, antifungal, and antibacterial activity, and is specific against pathogenic bacteria so it won’t disrupt beneficial bacteria in the gut. It is highly effective at combating gram-positive bacteria in the families of: (7)

  • Streptococcus
  • Staphylococcus
  • Corynebacterium
  • Listeria
  • Bacillus
  • Clostridium

It works by disturbing the integrity of the bacterial cell membrane, blocking replication and making it easier for the immune system to destroy the pathogen. Lauricidin is only helpful, however, for UTIs not caused by E. coli, which is gram-negative and has a different kind of outer cell membrane than gram-positive bacteria.

3. Nattokinase

Nattokinase is another enzyme that has been shown to dissolve biofilms. (8) Produced by the bacteria found in the fermented food natto, this enzyme is proteolytic and can help break down the fibrin proteins that maintain the structure of biofilms.

Because of its fibrin-breaking ability, it’s important that nattokinase supplements are not taken by people with bleeding disorders, or by people who are taking Coumadin (warfarin), aspirin, or any other drug that influences blood clotting, unless supervised by a physician.

4. Apolactoferrin

Apolactoferrin (or lactoferrin) is one more supplement that I recommend to my patients with recurrent UTIs. This multifunctional protein lactoferrin is a component of the immune system with antimicrobial activity, and is part of the innate defense, found mainly in secretions and mucosal surfaces. (9)

Lactoferrin has been shown to block pathogenic biofilm development by binding to iron and causing the bacteria to “wander” across surfaces instead of forming cell clusters and biofilms. (10, 11) One study found that the amount of E. coli bacteria in the kidneys and bladder of mice was significantly reduced 24 hours after oral lactoferrin treatment, compared to a control group. (12) More research is necessary to demonstrate the effectiveness of lactoferrin in treating UTIs, but I believe it is worth trying, especially if dealing with chronic UTIs.

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  1. my 6 year old has proteus vulgaris uti. She has had it for 3 years now and it is just starting to make her sick with temperatures. What would you suggest to breakdown the biofilm

    • Horseradish! It breaks down biofilms: google it with the word ‘biofilm’.
      She’s bound to have a bad case of intestinal Candida after all of the antibiotics, and right now, all of the natural meds you could give her for the UTI would kill Candida and give her Herxheimer’s.
      I would start by giving her food-grade diatomaceous earth, or bentonite clay to safely detox the Candida in her gut so that you can treat the Proteus.
      A combination of good quality olive leaf extract (Vitacost brand capsules), horseradish, and oregano oil will then kill the Proteus for good.

  2. Hi Bekah,

    I sent you an email a couple of days ago to the address listed on this website, I hope that is okay but I was not wanting to post such a long email in this comment feed. I am in need of guidance and a protocol for the recurrent UTI concerns in my email. If you haven’t received my email please let me know and I can send it again, I am sorry if this comment appears twice as the first time i posted it, it just disappeared, we are in a storm atm. Hoping to hear from you. Vee🌺

    • I just looked and don’t see one from you! Do you have a Facebook account? You can join the group and instant message me through there.

      • Hi Bekah,

        I can’t find this group? Is it the Chris Kresser General Facebook page or something else? Can I personally message you somehow?

        🌺

        • No, I’m not affiliated with Kresser in any way..click on my name and then click on the FB Support Group on that blog page.
          Click the join button, and I’ll approve and message you!

  3. Hi Bekah,

    I sent you an email to the address mentioned here on your site, I mainly need guidance with the recurrent UTI information in the email. Would love to hear from you. If you didn’t receive my email I can resend it. Hoping for relief and good health.

    Peace and Blessings,

    Vee💐

  4. Hi,

    I have continuous UTI’s the last one was caused by Klebsiella does anyone know of anything that would work on that. It also seems like my bladder is always inflamed..but I dont have cystitis the doctors say. Does anyone know anything to calm bladder inflammation and kill klebsiella causing uti. D-mannose does not work for me..and it seems anything acidic makes me worse..I have stopped antibiotics because they have made me so sick..and my uti comes right back..now I get a uti for no reason..any help I would be so grateful..thank you

  5. I have been tested positive for H pilori as well as Ecoli.
    i have already taken so many anitbiotics, i am unable
    to take any more. Can some one suggest me alternate
    treatment.

    • Yasmeen,
      Go to pantry pharmacy dot com (no spaces…) and treat yourself to more good advice that you’d ever believe possible. You can even ask questions there and be assured of a knowledgeable reply. Best of luck!

    • Yasmeen, cayenne pepper kills H. pylori, and some strains of E. coli. 1/4 tsp cayenne pepper 4x a day will do the job: take with a glass of baking soda water, 1/2 tsp sodium bicarbonate dissolved in 8 oz water.

  6. I suffered from chronic cystitis for years during my teens and was constantly on antibiotics for it! I found taking probiotics with strains l.reuteri and l.rhamnosus helped incredibly and cystitis is now a thing of the past!
    Amy

      • Jarrow Femdophilus is comprised of those two strains: they’re WONDERFUL.
        I’m a big fan of the stuff.
        You don’t have to buy the refrigerated version: the shelf-stable one works just fine.
        You can find it on Amazon, or in your local health food store.

      • Hey! I bought mine from a company called Epigenetics International but you can also get the two of them combined in Opitbac For Women 🙂
        Amy

  7. I am currently battling candida after a long antibiotic treatment and am on no sugar diet. Can I still take D-mannose as it is a form of sugar? When taken early I found that oregano oil concentrate helps with UTIs.

    • Hi Nena, I too am battling Candida, I think I have had it for years from over use of antibiotics. I am also taking D-Mannose and yes it is fine to use as it is not absorbed by the body.

      Good luck

    • I have had a private urine culture done and three types of bacteria have been found. E-Coli, I am okay with sorting with D-Mannose, however can anyone help with advise on dealing with the other two without taking antibiotics? They are:
      Streptococcus mitis
      Enterococcus faecalis

      Thank you

      • Rob, there’s a way to sort out all of those, including the Candida. The best way to go about it is to treat the Candida first, because since it’s in the gut, it interferes with treating the bladder.

        The E. coli can be killed with olive leaf extract, oregano oil, and cayenne pepper (the last depending on which strain it is), and the Strep and Entero can be killed with large doses of ascorbic acid.
        You’ll want to remove the Candida (activated charcoal is awesome for that), then treat the E. coli, then the Strep and Entero.
        If you don’t remove the Candida first, the meds for the E. coli will cause massive die-off, and if you don’t remove the E. coli before the Strep and Entero, the ascorbic acid will *feed* the E. coli.

        • Hi Bekah

          Thank you so much for the information. I am seeing a good nutritionist for the Candida, so I have a big change to my diet, good probiotics and antifungals like Tanalbit and antifungal foods which hopefully should do the job, I will also look into the activated charcoal too. Yes I heard Oregeno Oil is very strong and to take with caution, I heard die -off is to be avoided.

          You mention about ascorbic acid, being Vitamin C? I have just started taking 1g per day so may be hold fire on that if it may feed the e-coli? I take Vit C in the form of Calcium Ascorbate as it is PH neutral (as normal Vit C being more acidic and the more acidic the urine the more chance of infection, apparently). If ascorbic acid is Vit C, what do you call a high dose and for how long?

          Many thanks and best wishes, Rob

          • Calcium ascorbate won’t feed the E. coli, and I *think* it’ll be effective on staph and strep.
            I can tell you for sure that regular ascorbic acid works like a charm on staph: I used it to kill a horrible infection I got from a cat bite. (I got the kids a cat for Christmas, and he bit me a week later. >.<
            Antibiotics didn't kill that infection, but ascorbic acid did. I used that, and poultices of activated charcoal.)

            Activated charcoal will remove more Candida from your gut in one day than other things will in 2 weeks, and it does it without sending you into a Herxheimer's reaction. (because it adsorbs the toxins)

            You can click on my screen name for information and links to research studies.

        • BEKAH, I just wanted to say THANK YOU so much for posting the info that you did. I used to get UTIs after sex all the time (once a month almost) until I got rid of my candida (that I didn’t know I had) and really flushed out my system with the activated charcoal, olive leaf, lemon and cayenne system. I haven’t had a UTI return for over a year. That’s unheard of for me. Nothing else changed (I have same BF). Also I tried everything from antibiotics, cranberry, and D-mannose – nothing worked except what you suggested. When I first tried it I bought a bad brand of olive leaf extract. Consequently it didn’t work. But I tried again with a better brand and have been healthy since! I am eternally grateful to you!!!

          • Also I should mention that the raw garlic really upset my stomach… while the candida was being dealt with I had terrible die off symptoms. It was the most sick I’ve been in a long time. It was all worth it to stop taking antibiotics and stop getting more bladder infections. (I recommend probiotics for those who’ve had tons of antibiotics to restore good bacteria. It can literally take up to a year to return your gut back to it’s pre-antibiotic state.)

            • Yes, die-off is the WORST, which is why activated charcoal is such a godsend.
              Raw garlic purifies your system of things you didn’t even know you had…I felt like I’d rid myself of some kind of evil alien overlord. LOL

              • Have had recurring Utis nonstop for a year and hav become resistant to most antibiotics and found some had brought my kidney function GFR down to 38. Saw my urologist today and has put me on ciprofloxin for a year, I will surely be on dialysis before that. Please help me.

                • My dear, click on my name and message me through my site right away! Do you have a Facebook account? There’s a support group linked on the site in my name and you can click on that and join, and I’ll see you and message you. We can use instant messenger on there.
                  If you don’t have a FB account, you can comment on the site or e-mail me.

  8. Once I went away to college, I became incredibly prone to UTI’s. I was always battling with the constant pain and never ending feeling of having to go to the bathroom. I had to miss countless classes and I wasn’t liking the doctor bills that quickly piled up. After my last UTI went away, I started taking the Cystex Maintenance drink they have. It has D-Mannose in it too so you’re getting all the necessary ingredients to fight off any sneaky UTI. I just drink like a tablespoon every morning with my lemon water and that’s it! It’s definitely worth taking a look at if you find yourself having chronic UTI’s like me.

  9. Hi everyone,
    Just thought I would post my experience with UTI’s (which is extensive) in case it is helpful.
    Things that work:
    1. Fresh grated horseradish. 1 teaspoon halfway through a meal 3x a day. Miracle cure. Do NOT take more than this amount, and never on an empty stomach, it will make you sick.
    2. Drink lots of lemon water throughout day for alkalinising, I’m talking 3+ litres. Make yourself pee regularly to keep flushing things through. Most important activity is a warm pint of water with 1 lemon in it immediately before bed, and on waking.
    3. If you have urethra discomfort, apply activated charcoal to the affected area before you go to sleep, I find this very effective at relieving pain.
    Things that I do that may work, but I do anyway in the hope they are helping:
    4. I take a herbal tincture which includes uva ursi, golden rod and cornsilk.
    5. I Brew up big pots of Pau d’Arco tea and drink this throughout the day with honey and the lemon as mentioned above (you would think honey is a bad idea but I actually haven’t had any problems with it).
    6. Shower on waking and before bed.
    7. Try to take at least 1 day off work to look after myself at beginning of it.
    8. Hot water bottle for lower tummy and lower back helps ease discomfort in early days.
    9. Do not stop your treatment too soon! Depending on your personal level of immunity, continue full protocol for 4-7 days after last symptom. Any questionable symptoms during that period, extend it out don’t short cut.
    10. When I’m feeling really crook (shakes etc) and not at home, I’ll take 4x Pau D’Arco capsules with some food. I don’t like having to do this as PDA capsules make me so nauseous, but it does get things under control. I find the tea is gentler and is my go to now.
    Things that don’t work for me:
    1. D-mannose. But clearly works for other so worth a shot. It’s harmless so you won’t do any damage.
    2. Olive leaf extract. My caution is not to overload yourself with herbs in the process of trying to “hit it hard”, so pick the ones you use and use them well.
    Other notes:
    1. Female probiotics are critical to take as prevention
    2. A pint of warm water with lemon each night before bed is also key for ongoing prevention.
    3. I used to get uti’s for up to 3 months at a time (e-coli). And very serious symptoms. I realised I had an immune problem and now take low dose naltrexone every night. My uti’s are waaay milder, and I can treat them naturally, they pass in about a week.
    2. Antibiotics are there for a reason, use them as required. When my body was particularly remedy resistant, augmentin was literally the only thing that would work. Hard to get prescribed though, and it really messes your gut up. You can repair your gut though over time. Don’t give yourself a kidney infection being stubbornly natural.

    Just want to reiterate the horseradish. Haven’t seen it mentioned here and it’s a game changer. Good luck.

    • Hi everyone,
      Just thought I would post my experience with UTI’s (which is extensive) in case it is helpful.
      Things that work:
      1. Fresh grated horseradish. 1 teaspoon halfway through a meal 3x a day. Miracle cure. Do NOT take more than this amount, and never on an empty stomach, it will make you sick.
      2. Drink lots of lemon water throughout day for alkalinising, I’m talking 3+ litres. Make yourself pee regularly to keep flushing things through. Most important activity is a warm pint of water with 1 lemon in it immediately before bed, and on waking.
      3. If you have urethra discomfort, apply activated charcoal to the affected area before you go to sleep, I find this very effective at relieving pain.
      Things that I do that may work, but I do anyway in the hope they are helping:
      4. I take a herbal tincture which includes uva ursi, golden rod and cornsilk.
      5. I Brew up big pots of Pau d’Arco tea and drink this throughout the day with honey and the lemon as mentioned above (you would think honey is a bad idea but I actually haven’t had any problems with it).
      6. Shower on waking and before bed.
      7. Try to take at least 1 day off work to look after myself at beginning of it.
      8. Hot water bottle for lower tummy and lower back helps ease discomfort in early days.
      9. Do not stop your treatment too soon! Depending on your personal level of immunity, continue full protocol for 4-7 days after last symptom. Any questionable symptoms during that period, extend it out don’t short cut.
      10. When I’m feeling really crook (shakes etc) and not at home, I’ll take 4x Pau D’Arco capsules with some food. I don’t like having to do this as PDA capsules make me so nauseous, but it does get things under control. I find the tea is gentler and is my go to now.
      Things that don’t work for me:
      1. D-mannose. But clearly works for other so worth a shot. It’s harmless so you won’t do any damage.
      2. Olive leaf extract. My caution is not to overload yourself with herbs in the process of trying to “hit it hard”, so pick the ones you use and use them well.
      Other notes:
      1. Female probiotics are critical to take as prevention
      2. A pint of warm water with lemon each night before bed is also key for ongoing prevention.
      3. I used to get uti’s for up to 3 months at a time (e-coli). And very serious symptoms. I realised I had an immune problem and now take low dose naltrexone every night. My uti’s are waaay milder, and I can treat them naturally, they pass in about a week.
      2. Antibiotics are there for a reason, use them as required. When my body was particularly remedy resistant, augmentin was literally the only thing that would work. Hard to get prescribed though, and it really messes your gut up. You can repair your gut though over time. Don’t give yourself a kidney infection being stubbornly natural.

      Just want to reiterate the horseradish. Haven’t seen it mentioned here and it’s amazing, it’s the only effective biofilm disruptor I have found. Good luck.

    • Where can you get D-mannose and neltrexone? 🙂

      I’ve gotten 4 UTI’s last year and one this year.. mainly because of sexual activity… Now I feel like I’m dealing with one due to e.coli? I hate taking antibiotics all of the time…And right now I am in a foreign country. Would like to try a more natural way since I’m at the beginning stage and it’s not as bothersome.

      • Hi JS, I always used to get my infections following sexual activity too, always e-coli as far as I know.
        It may be very difficult to manage in a foreign country, first keep your lemon water or baking soda water UP. Drink it all day every day for at least a week, and until 4 days minimum after all symptoms have gone.
        Can you see if there are any health stores where you are? See if you can buy / forage for raw horseradish, grate it and consume that with each meal, alternatively buy some pau d’arco and start making tea to drink throughout the day.

        If you are in a foreign country and your illness starts progressing – Just get the antibiotics! maybe wait to start tackling this problem naturally once you are back home and have all these ingredients ready for the next infection.

        Also you can try d-mannose, it may work for you, it doesn’t for me however but everyone is different. Just google d-mannose / cranberry extract and google translate it to the language in the country you are in then see if they stock it at a local pharmacy.

        Good Luck

    • Hi!
      Do you have CFS? Do you find that you have more side effects to anabiotics? I decided to try anabiotics this time, because last time my trusted d-mannose did not work for my UTI. The Bactrim is horrible! So, I’m gonna try your suggestion. I have never tried but I have a pound of it in my cupboard.

  10. While it does not prevent UTIs, I have found that AZO products are a godsend when it comes to dealing with the symptoms. I take a dose as soon as I notice the UTI symptoms (typically first noticing the smell), and drink a ton of water until it kicks in.

    Usually after that first dose, I go back to normal and can go about my day again (as long as I continue the doses as recommended). Do not forget to continue drinking a lot of water and/or cranberry juice; this medication is meant to manage the symptoms, NOT cure them.

    Downside: It turns your pee bright orangey-yellow. However, when I did go to the doctor for a UTI once, the medication they gave me also did this anyway. Just be sure to watch what you wear while taking AZO, as it can stain easily.

  11. I had suffered from a chronic uti for about 2 years. The symptoms kept on and off. I tried many antibiotics but none helped. I also tried some home remedies, such as a large amount of water, fresh pineapple, cranberry juice. My symptoms did relieved a lot but the infection was still there. Then I tried a herbal medicine called diuretic and anti-inflammatory pill. After 2 months medication, all my symptoms disappeared fully.

  12. Bekah, I went to the gyno for a routine exam and in the urine sample I provided they found blood present which they sent to the lab and was analyzed with a result of 50,000 CFU staphylococcus saphrophyticus. I have absolutely no symptoms of a UTI though. I used to get UTI quite frequently 10 years ago with intercourse but that has not been an issue since. I eat a nutrient-dense, whole food diet and have spent the last year or so rotating between paleo and SCD (therefore I feel like my gut is in good health). Anyway, given that I have no symptoms and I feel in-tune with my body, I’m not sure what to make of this. I suppose I should up my probiotics and possibly supplement with the raw garlic and OLE as you recommend to others. I just wasn’t sure what dosage to use since I can’t really gauge improvement when I have no discomfort or signs at the moment of a UTI…

  13. I have to agree with the use of D-Mannose and probiotics, but you can’t substitute this under really bad circumstances. There are extreme situations that you must take antibiotics and need the professional advice of a doctor, but its also smart to make sure you don’t go to the ER every time you have a UTI. When you are starting to notice UTI symptoms, I suggest using cranberry pills and checking out Cystex. I used their products to maintain the UTI until I got the professional opinion from my general doctor. This worked for me because I didn’t have to get worse while I waited, but I also didn’t need an ER visit that cost a lot of money no matter where you go.

    Finally, when you are back to normal with your chronic UTI, try their UTI maintenance product to keep you UTI free for as long as you are using the product. This stuff has saved me from ALL to UTI I used to get. I haven’t got one UTI in the last four months on this product. Great article, i loved it.

    • This is my first time here trying to find a way to finally stop uti’s. This past year I got them more than 6 times. Has this beginning of the year this is my 2nd one. So I am having one right now unfortunately. My question is do you still take antibiotics or have gone to a specialist for it? I would like to try natural ways since doctors only prescribe antibiotics for me and once the treatment is done I get uti again.

    • I have recently been diagnosed with Follicular Cystitis after a cystoscopy by my Urologist after many months of recurring UTIs, and have been taking antibiotics (Methenanime) now for about 2 months… and am still feeling vulnerable “down there”, i.e. I can tell that bacteria are still around (probably E.Coli as they were diagnosed in my last urine sample 3 months ago). Tests are currently coming out negative however. My next cystoscopy is 3 months away and I would like to treat myself with the above mentioned remedies in the interim and in addition to the antibiotics I am on. I just ordered D-Mannose online and would like to order something else that helps dissolving that biofilm (as described above). Was wondering whether anyone could advise me on whether Lactoferrin or Lauricidin would be the better option in conjunction with D-Mannose?

      Thanks in advance!

      • Sorry, I meant InterFase Plus or Lactoferrin (because Lauricidin would probably not help in my case as E.Coli was found out be the cause last). Are any of them okay to be taken whilst also taking antibiotics and D-Mannose?

  14. I tried the d mannose, it brought on uti for me, and made it worse. I just think everyone is different, and you have to figure yourself out. After a recent bout with uti infections reoccurring, I could not take another antibiotic could not even get out of bed I react so badly to them. I found Uva Ursi tea, which I am now on, with a dash of baking soda. One third of a cup per day, half hour after eating. Probiotic before meal, wait 20 min. glass of psyllium husk, (once a day two slippery elm capsules, eat….wait 1/2 hour take tea with a little baking soda. This seems to be working well, and I am going to now finish my tea for the day. It does require an alkaline environment for this to get better. Look up every thing you can on uva ursi tea, it has been around since the 13th century, and is on Germany’s pharmacopia at this time. be careful with it, herbs are medicine too! hope i helped someone, Cheri

    • I hope I can help someone with this post. I just got over a UTI and did it the natural way (no pills or antibiotics). I had the urge to “go” with my symptoms and this is the drink I drank in the morning and before going to bed at night. The first drink carried me all the through the day and the evening drink( around 7 PM) carried me through the night: 1/2 tsp. of baking soda, 2 Tbl Organic apple cider vinegar with the “Mother” in it (I used Bragg’s) and 16 oz. of filtered water. I’m completely healed.

    • Go here: pantrypharmacy.com

      I’ve cured at TERRIBLE UTI that plagued me for a month using the methods outlined in the blog above. Seriously, it was a MIRACLE! No antibiotics for me : )

  15. How do you find out what or where the úti is coming from? Did you guys go to your regular dr or urologist?? I have been getting tons this year (infections) and currently am trying to just flush it with water and azo.

    • With as many infections as i was getting I went to a urologist & he diagnosed me with Interstitial Cystitis. I used to get at least 7 bladder infections a year & 2 kidney infections. I was diagnosed in 2007 & have had only 4 infections since. Just staying away from acidic & salty foods. I was also drinking a lot of cranberry but cranberries are acidic. Maybe look it up & try changing your diet.

  16. I’d like to try the supplements you recommend but don’t know which ones would work best for me. I have a permanent catheter so always have a lot of bacteria in my bladder. The last urine test identified citrobacter koseri as the problem. Which supplement would help get rid of this type of bacteria? Thanks for your help.