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

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Dr. Randy Baker
Holistic Medicine
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In brief: 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:.

In brief: 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:.
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Dr. Martin Raff
You would have to drink almost enough cranberry juice to drown in it. This is not the way in which to treat UTI
Dr. Randy Baker
Dr. Raff, I agree that cranberry juice is an inefficient way to treat UTI's, but many of my patients have been successfully treated with pure D-Mannose powder. But for a kidney infection I would advise antibiotics- but D-Mannose could be a useful adjucnt. More on the use of D-Mannose for UTI's: http://tahomaclinicblog.com/d-mannose-for-bladder-and-kidney-infections/
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