Interstitial cystitis, or IC, is a disorder resulting in mild to severe pain and pressure in the bladder and the pelvic area. Women 30 to 40 years of age with irritable bowel syndrome or fibromyalgia are most affected, but it also affects men and children. Symptoms vary and flare up when triggered by allergies, menstruation, sexual activity and stress. For immediate pain relief of severe flare-ups, baking soda is fast and effective.
In UTI, it is an encroachment by the bacteria of the urinary tract which includes kidney, ureters, bladder or urethra. This bacterium enters the opening of the urethra and procreates in the urinary tract causing urinary tract infection. This can be very painful and a major cause of distress in your life. If it is not contained in the earlier stages it is likely to spread to your kidneys, which can become a serious health issue. The infection of the bladder can develop into cystitis- a very common problem faced by women. Urinary Tract Infection can infect anyone but women are more susceptible to this disease. Children too suffer from this disorder but the headcount is very low in comparison to adults.
As with any health condition the treatment depends on the causes and likewise the treatment for bladder infection will depend on the causes of the bladder infection. Treatment if begun promptly is usually very effective and the condition should resolve within days or a week, depending on the severity of the infection. There is always the risk of recurrence however, which is why it is important that you continue the full course of medication prescribed by your doctor, whether or not the symptoms of the bladder infection have dissipated. Mild cases can also be treated at home with home remedies for bladder infections. If the condition does not respond to treatment with bladder infection remedies at home within a few days however it would be advisable to consult a doctor. Similarly recurring infections should also be treated with professional medical attention.
Baking soda raises the pH of urine quickly to relieve pain. Mix 1/2 to 1 tsp. of baking soda in a full glass of water. Stir, allow the mixture to rest one minute, then drink. Repeat this process three more times per day. Do not use baking soda if you are on a salt-restricted diet. The effects of long-term use of baking soda are unknown and not recommended. Short-term use of baking soda is effective at
Baking soda, directly from the pantry, has many uses in IC symptom control. Drinking a full glass of water that contains 1 tsp. of baking soda reduces acidity of the urine, which can greatly reduce bladder lining irritation---a major source of IC pain. Since baking soda contains sodium, people with IC should ask a doctor before taking baking soda by mouth on a regular basis for this use. Baking soda is also useful as a external soothing agent. Soaking in a bath or sitz bath of warm water and baking soda can reduce abdominal or bladder pain and increase muscle relaxation.