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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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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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Can cranberry juice help cure kidney infections?

Can cranberry juice help cure kidney infections?

NO SCIENTIFIC : Evidence is so far available that it will help cure uti's. ...Read more

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Does drinking cranberry juice cure a kidney infection?

Does drinking cranberry juice cure a kidney infection?

Unlikely: A kidney infection means that the bacteria has migrated from the bladder up to the kindey. This is a more severe form of a urinary tract infection that requires antibiotic therapy and frequently required hospitalization to give intravenous antibiotics. ...Read more

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Does cranberry juice help when you have a kidney infection? What is different between UTI and kidney infection?

Does cranberry juice help when you have a kidney infection? What is different between UTI and kidney infection?

Possibly but...: A UTI means urinary tract infection which could be bladder or kidney but this usually refers to a bladder infection. A kidney infection is more serious.Cranberry juice contains d-mannose, a sugar that helps if the UTI is caused by e. Coli (about 90%) but not if caused by other bacteria. Pure d-mannose will help more than cranberry juice & can be taken along with antibiotics. See my comment:. ...Read more

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I just finished 2 antibiotics and pain med for a kidney infection. I had a big glass of cranberry juice and got diahrea that was black. I have hep b?

I just finished 2 antibiotics and pain med for a kidney infection. I had a big glass of cranberry juice and got diahrea that was black. I have hep b?

I doubt that: Stool that comes out black is an indication that there is digested blood in it. Its possible that the antibiotics you were taking caused stomach irritation and bleeding and thats why your seeing it. If this persists, you should see a gastroenterologist for an endoscopy. ...Read more

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Having bilateral kidney pain. Started drinking cranberry juice in case of infection. How long should I wait before seeing a doc?

Having bilateral kidney pain. Started drinking cranberry juice in case of infection. How long should I wait before seeing a doc?

See a doc right away: If it is really an infection, cranberry juice would not help. Medical studies have clearly established that is inferior to antibiotics. Get tested and treated appropriately. ...Read more

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Can cranberry juice help stop a kidney or bladder infection until you get to the doctor?

Can cranberry juice help stop a kidney or bladder infection until you get to the doctor?

Perhaps: Drink water, about 64 ozs a day to keep high urine flow rates. Cranberry juice purportedly helps but this has not been shown to be superior to antibiotics in medical studies. ...Read more

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Will cranberry juice help a kidney / bladder infection until you get to the doctor?

Will cranberry juice help a kidney / bladder infection until you get to the doctor?

Not really: Some people believe so, but studies have not shown that, so there is no proof for that in medical literature. ...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?

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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I having lower back pain I don't know if its a infection in my kidneys wen I use the bathroom my urin is cloudy I drink water and cranberry juice ?

I having lower back pain I don't know if its a infection in my kidneys wen I use the bathroom my urin is cloudy I drink water and cranberry juice ?

UTI: You would have to drink so much cranberry juice to prevent UTI that you would drown in it. Cloudy urine is very common and is usually due to chemicals precipitating out when the toilet water changes the acid/base content of the urine. You need to see a doctor about the lower back pain because it could be due to many other things. Best wishes. ...Read more

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Kidney (Definition)

The kidneys are paired organs that lie on either side of the vertebral column. Part of their critical functions include the excretion of urine and removal of nitrogenous wastes products from the blood. They regulate acid-base, electrolyte, fluid balance and blood pressure. Through hormonal signals, the kidneys control the ...Read more


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Infection (Definition)

Infections are invasions of some other organism (fungus, bacteria, parasite) or viruses into places where they do not belong. For instance, we have normal gut bacteria that live within us without causing problems; however, when those penetrate the bowel wall and enter the bloodstream, ...Read more


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