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If you have a urinary tract infection then there is a good chance that someone will tell you to try drinking cranberry juice. Even medical professionals sometimes hold on to this old belief about urine infection treatment, even though there is no evidence that it can help.

Cranberry Juice and UTI Treatment

Cranberry juice is often attributed the power to help prevent and treat urine infections, but new guidelines for doctors in the UK have made it clear that doctors should not be recommending this as a treatment. Studies into the effects of cranberry juice have found that people who drink it are no less likely to get a urine infection and there is no evidence that they will recover more quickly either. Although staying hydrated is important when you have a UTI, there is no benefit to choosing cranberry juice over any other beverage. You will get the same effects from drinking water, tea, or fruit juices. The new guidelines also recommend that doctors are more cautious about prescribing antibiotics for UTIs in order to avoid overusing these valuable drugs and spreading antibiotic resistance.

What You Can Do?

Although drinking cranberry juice won’t have much of an effect on your health, there are a few things that you can do for yourself to help with urine infection treatment:

For each testicle you should:
  • Take some paracetamol to help with the pain if you need it.
  • Use a hot water bottle to ease pain in your back, stomach, or by placing it between your thighs.
  • Avoid having sex until you feel better as it could make you more uncomfortable.
  • Drink plenty of fluids and make sure that you urinate as often as you need to.

You should also see your doctor if you think that you might have a UTI.The doctor can confirm the diagnosis and may prescribe antibiotics for urine infection treatment to help speed up your recovery. You can still enjoy cranberry juice if you enjoy the taste, but just don’t expect it to actually do your body any favours beyond the placebo effect.
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