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Can drinking cranberry juice really help with cystitis irritation?

Can drinking cranberry juice really help with cystitis irritation?

No: Can make cystitis irritation worse. Cranberry juice is only of use in preventing cystitis as it interferes with bacteria adhering to bladder lining. Acidity of cranberry juice can be quite irritating to the bladder. ...Read more

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Cranberry Juice (Definition)

Cranberry (Vaccinium macrocarpon) has been used as both a food and a medicine for centuries. It is native to North America and was used by Native Americans to treat bladder and kidney diseases. Early settlers from England learned to use the berry both raw and cooked for many ailments, including appetite loss, stomach problems, blood disorders, and scurvy, caused by not getting enough vitamin C. Cranberry is best known for preventing urinary tract infections (UTIs), commonly caused by bacteria known as Escherichia coli (E. coli). At first, scientists thought cranberry worked by making urine acidic enough to kill the bacteria. Now, studies show that cranberry actually prevents bacteria from attaching to the walls of the urinary tract. Strong scientific studies support using cranberry, either in capsules or as juice, for preventing -- though ...Read more


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Does cranberry juice really help with bladder infections? Why? Thanks

Does cranberry juice really help with bladder infections?  Why?  Thanks

Yes: It has to do some chemicals in cranberry juice basicay being a natural antibiotic for common bacteria causing UTI's. maybe it gets concentrated in the urine as its excreted by the body. Hope this helps! ...Read more

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Is taking cranberries or cranberry juice help with nausea?

Is taking cranberries or cranberry juice help with nausea?

Not best: Ginger can be used to good effect although recent studies show that cranberry ingestion over time can increase Bifidobacteria in GI tract & help to maintain other healthy bacteria. ...Read more

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Will cranberry juice help with urination burning caused from herpes?

Will cranberry juice help with urination burning caused from herpes?

Not at all: Sorry you're having so much trouble with this. Unfortunately, crannberry juice won't help. Ask about local anesthetic treatments (e.g., lidocaine cream or ointment). Sometimes it's also helpful to sit in a tub or warm water in order to urinate. Hang in there with acyclovir; it should kick in soon. As before, discuss these details with your doctor -- or find an expert in infections or STDs. ...Read more

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Help please! could cranberry juice cause ulcer?

Help please! could cranberry juice cause ulcer?

No evidence for this: Recent studies show that cranberry ingestion can increase Bifidobacteria in GI tract & help to maintain other healthy bacteria. ...Read more

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Can cranberry juice cocktail help urinary infections?

Cocktail: If this is sold as "cocktail" then the juice content is likely to be quite low. Cranberry juice can help to prevent urinary tract infections (UTI's) in women with recurrent UTI's because of the proanthyocyanidins (PACs) it contains. Cranberry juice may help with prevention but not with treatment. ...Read more

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Can drinking cranberry juice help men get rid of utis?

Yes: Because cranberry juice causes the urine to become acidic, certain bacteria can't grow in urine that is acidic and it can help eliminate an infection. ...Read more

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Can cranberry supplements and juice cure a uti?

Can cranberry supplements and juice cure a uti?

Maybe: Drinking cranberry juice may be helpful in the treatment of urinary tract infection (UTI), but may not by itself be curative, depending on the severity of infection and host factors. ...Read more

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Can cranberry or pomegranate juice cause painful urination?

Can cranberry or pomegranate juice cause painful urination?

No: Usually they are used to treat urinary tract infections and should not be a cause of urinary tract infection. If you have a chlamydia infection and are being treated with doxycycline, that may be the most likely explanation for the burning. Your symptoms should resolve when cured. ...Read more

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Can drinking lots of cranberry juice and taking AZO cranberry probiotic caplets help get rid of a uti?

UTI: Urinary tract infection (UTI) needs treatment with antibiotics or antiseptics. Any infection has a small probability of resolving over time without antimicrobias, however, you are taking a risk and you may develop complications. Since you are lucky to have access to antibiotics for a relatively simple infection, seek help from a physician in your area ...Read more

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Can prune juice worsen a bladder infection?

Can prune juice worsen a bladder infection?

Not likely to do so: Prune juice has quite a bit of fibers and roughage and is known to help with constipation. It may not have the best of taste, but i don't believe it causes any harm unless you are allergic to it. Ripe plumps are really good--yum yum. Otc products such as azo can help reducing bladder infection symptoms but will not treat it. So if you have trouble, consult doc for eval/treatment. Good luck. ...Read more

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If I have interstitial cystitis can I drink orange juice or other juices?

If I have interstitial cystitis can I drink orange juice or other juices?

Possibly: Some people seem to be sensitive to foods that they eat or drink and others don't seem to be affected at all by what they drink. Try it and pay attention to your body. If you feel the same that day and the next, then it probably doesn't matter what you eat or drink. If you have more frequency or pain, then it might be something you need to avoid. ...Read more

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Will eating more fruits & drinking cranberry juice help with a kidney infection? Along with antibiotics of course (amox-clav)

Will eating more fruits & drinking cranberry juice help with a kidney infection? Along with antibiotics of course (amox-clav)

Here are some...: If you need to take on the available advice to care for your recurrent UTI, it is uncertain. In reality, not all females with voiding symptoms result from UTI, and if yes, most of UTI in sexually active age come within 24-48 hours after intercourse. Besides, it is a necessity to make sure of no correctable underlying cause missed. So, seek comprehensive evaluation & counseling so to derive right. ...Read more

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Can cranberry juice help cure kidney infections?

Can cranberry juice help cure kidney infections?

Real cranberries: Seems the real thing is better than the juice. For my female patients i recommend a dozen or so dry cranberries daily, in a salad, cereal or by themselves. Excellent source of antioxidants also. Good for early bladder symptoms, but a kidney infection is a truly serious deep seated infection that needs antibiotics asap. You are at risk for a blood infection if not treated properly. ...Read more

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Is cranberry juice really good for UTI or cystitis?

Is cranberry juice really good for UTI or cystitis?

As a preventative: Cranberry juice does not cure utis or cystitis. Is a fairly good preventative because it contains a chemical which makes it much more difficult for bacteria to adhere to the bladder lining and thus cause a uti. ...Read more

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Can drinking aloe vera juice daily help with diverticulitis?

Can drinking aloe vera juice daily help with diverticulitis?

Sorry, but no...: Diverticulitis is essentially a local infection where bacteria get trapped and fester inside a pocket (the diverticulum) of the gut (diverticuli can occur in any portion of the GI tract, but diverticulitis is most often described in the colon). This can lead to abscess, perforation, fistula formation, bleeding. Treatment is antibiotics (surgery if recurrent). Aloe vera is pretty useless here. ...Read more

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Urinary Tract Infection (Definition)

A urinary tract infection, also known as an UTI, may involve the kidney, ureter, bladder, or urethra. A common cause is an intestinal bacteria, E. coli. Common symptoms include a frequent urge to urinate, and pain or burning when urinating. Antibiotics are typically ...Read more


Fruit Juice (Definition)

There is no indication for giving babies under one year of age fruit juices. Fruit juices do not contain the healthy nutrients that ...Read more