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Do cranberry pills help prevent a bladder infection?

Do cranberry pills help prevent a bladder infection?

No: For many years, it was believed that cranberry juice could help prevent urinary tract infections. However, more recent research in the past 10 years shows that it has no effect. If you like cranberry juice, drink it as much as you like. But neither juice nor cranberry pills will prevent UTI, so don't waste your money. ...Read more

Dr. Lawrence Kessler
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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


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What foods should I eat to prevent cystitis?

What foods should I eat to prevent cystitis?

Depends: Cystitis is inflammation of the bladder. It can be caused by an infection or by interstitial cystitis. Foods wont prevent infectious cystitis but bladder inflammation can happen to some people when they consume carbonated beverages, caffeine or spicy foods. ...Read more

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Will low calorie cranberry juice work as well as regular cranberry juice to help prevent/treat recurrent urinary tract infections?

Will low calorie cranberry juice work as well as regular cranberry juice to help prevent/treat recurrent urinary tract infections?

About cranberry: Cranberry juice and extract is able to decrease urine infections with e.Coli bacteria b/c it interferes with the bacteria's mechanism for sticking to the bladder wall and 'climbing' up into the urinary tract. There are many other bacteria that cause urine infection, however, and cranberry has no effect on them. Without a urine culture, you will not know which type of bacteria are causing uti. ...Read more

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How much cranberry juice should you drink to prevent bladder infection/urinary tract infection?

How much cranberry juice should you drink to prevent bladder infection/urinary tract infection?

Unknown: It is really unknown how much to drink, the first problem we have is that we do believe that cranberry juice help on UTI and there are scientific reasons to support that, but clinical studies did not confirm that, so we really don't know, but since it cranberry juice is safe we sometimes recommend it, the mentioned negative studies evaluated 8 ounces 27% juice. ...Read more

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Drinking cranberry juice help prevent UTI? Does drinking lots of water help prevent ?

Drinking cranberry juice help prevent UTI? Does drinking lots of water help prevent ?

Water/juice: both will help but certainly NOT cure nor prevent UTI. Once diagnosed with uTI- antibiotics are the the drugs of choice. ...Read more

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Can you use cranberry juice to prevent urinary tract infections?

Can you use cranberry juice to prevent urinary tract infections?

Possibly: There are some studies that have shown that drinking cranberry juice may reduce the risk of contracting a urinary tract infections. It should be noted, however, that taking cranberry pills did not provide a similar benefit. Additionally, cranberry juice has not been found to help treat a urinary tract infection. Bottom line: may prevent infections but does not treat infections. ...Read more

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Will eating cranberries and taking cranberry pills help elliminate risk for a UTI ?

Will eating cranberries and taking cranberry pills help elliminate risk for a UTI ?

Good Question: There is conflicting evidence about cranberry products preventing cystitis. A review was published in 2008 of ten research trials that had studied the effects of taking various cranberry products each day (juice, tablets, etc). This review concluded that women who took cranberry products had, on average, fewer urine infections than women who did not take cranberry products. ...Read more

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How to prevent cystitis?

How to prevent cystitis?

Cystitis: Good perineal hygiene, avoid vaginal infections, drink plenty of water, do not hold empty your bladder for more that 3-4 hours, avoid irritating foods, caffeine as much as possible. Empty bladder after intercourse and drink water so you are ready to empty in the morning. ...Read more

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I am prone to kidney stones, infections and bladder infections. To prevent these things how much pure cranberry juice should I drink a day?

I am prone to kidney stones, infections and bladder infections. To prevent these things how much pure cranberry juice should I drink a day?

Cranberry juice: Cranberry juice and tablets have been recommended for uti's. It may or may not help. It is not recommended for kidney stones. For those two conditions the important thing is to maintain hydration, increase your water intake to keep your urine clear color. How much you drink depends on your size and metabolism. Empty your bladder frequently specially after intercourse, avoid vaginal infections. ...Read more

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How can seniors avoid recurrent bladder infections?

How can seniors avoid recurrent bladder infections?

Several ways: Treatable prostate disease causes bladder infections in men; all people do well to drink plenty of water as they are able, and cranberry juice or its anthocyanin component actually works for prevention and treatment -- one of the few natural cures that's evidence-based. If stones are present, get them removed. If intractable or atypical, cystoscopy is indicated. ...Read more

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Does drinking plenty of water successfully prevent hemorrhoids?

Does drinking plenty of water successfully prevent hemorrhoids?

Maybe: Only in so far as drinking plenty of water reducing constipation would i expect to see a benefit there. If you aren't constipated it is unlikely to help. Constipation and straining on the toilet, ie anything that increases lower abdominal pressure can precipitate hemorrhoids. Hemorrhoids are simply dilated veins around the rectum. ...Read more

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What foods should I avoid to reduce a gall bladder attack?

What foods should I avoid to reduce a gall bladder attack?

Fatty, Fried Foods: The function of bile is to absorb fat from our diet. Fatty meals cause the release of a hormone (cck) that stimulates the gb to contract. Therefore, a low-fat diet is advised. Unfortunately, an attack can occur unrelated to food. The only definitive way to avoid a gb attack is gallbladder removal (cholecystectomy). Good luck! ...Read more

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How are cranberry juice and urinary infections linked?

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How are cranberry juice and urinary infections linked?

Cranberry juice: It can alter the molecular structure on the bacteria, which prevents them from adhering to the surface of the bladder & urinary tract. It also changes the ph of the bladder making it more acidic. ...Read more

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What foods should kidney stone patients avoid? Why?

What foods should kidney stone patients avoid?  Why?

Diet changes: There are several types of kidney stones. Each has its own dietary recommendations. Stones can be of uric acid, calcium oxalate or even infectious stones. Please consult further in health tap for your personalized review. Good luck! ...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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What foods should I eat to prevent cystitis?

Depends: Cystitis is inflammation of the bladder. It can be caused by an infection or by interstitial cystitis. Foods wont prevent infectious cystitis but bladder inflammation can happen to some people when they consume carbonated beverages, caffeine or spicy foods. ...Read more

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