I think I've found the answer to recurring UTIs, for me anyway.

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I've had recurring UTIs for many years and have had about 30 prescribed doses of antibiotics for them as well as seeing a specialist. I posted here about 6 months ago asking for help but in the meantime I seem to have found the answer, for me anyway. my bladder entrance was damaged during childbirth some 40 years ago and this has allowed bacteria to enter the bladder and set up an infection. For many years now I've washed after opening my bowels or used wet wipes if I've been away from home and this has helped to a certain extent but a few months ago I made a point of increasing the amount of water that I drank and this seems to have done the trick. I never thought I was dehydrated and had to make a conscious effort to drink more so now I drink about 8 glasses of water a day. What made me start doing this was a day spent on the beach when I developed a UTI that evening and made the connection with getting hot and probably not drinking enough. Its such a simple thing to do! Please don't dismiss this advice until you've tried it. I suspect cups of tea or coffee wouldn't be as good as plain old water. Let me know via this forum if it works for you.

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    And no, I don't have to keep going to the loo all the time! But when I do its champagne colour rather than pale orange.

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    That’s brilliant, Christine. I have certainly found in the past that drinking lots of water at the outset of a suspected UTI can sometimes get rid of it. I try to drink lots of water regularly but it isn’t easy and needs to become routine. Water, alone, doesn’t work for me anymore but a combination of water, d-mannose, cranberry tablets and abstinence from caffeine and alcohol does seem to be at the moment..touch wood!! We are all different but sharing our experiences does help and give hope to others. This forum is so valuable.
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      Well done on finding your own solution Chris. I have one coffee a day and that's fine. But more than two glasses of wine can certainly bring a UTI on, particularly red wine, and I guess that's because wine dehydrates you and its difficult to drink enough water when you're socialising to counteract this. But one glass of white wine followed by at least two glasses of water at home is fine.

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    Hi Christine

    I can’t totally understand drinking vs hot drinks. Hot water with lemon is very good. My issue is because I’ve got a catheter in due to my disability & I can’t get to the loo. 

    I think my solution is to have a different location for it which will help. I’ve also been told about D-mannose a supplement which deters the bacteria clinging to the bladder wall. Also taking 100mg vitamin c helps change the PH of the urine 😊

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      You're right re hot drinks of course Denise, I guess I'm a bit prejudice as a cup of tea always sends me to the loo whereas water doesn't. But of course there is nothing wrong with going to the loo as that will hopefully flush any bacteria out, so it's just personal preference. However I do worry that lemon in water might affect the tooth enamel? It must be really difficult for you with a catheter, you have my sympathy smile

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    Hello Christine,

    It is a few years I have been drinking plain water about 1Lt a day to keep my bladder clean of infections,

    10 yeaes ago I was diagnosed by some fine sands in my bladder and I had to tolerate horrible pain to pass those days...anyway after that I've learned how not undergo that experience again by drinking so much water everyday...

    I can see the infection comes back time to time( symptoms like urine's dropping when I go to toilet, not feeling completely emptied and repetitious urge to empty my bladder etc ) especially when I have a severe cold but water is my first and last and, say, best remedy for this infection.

    It washes my bladder and remove most bacteria ...

    After years of drinking plenty of water everyday I know how much this solution is useful,

    The worst part is only about your immediate need to urinate resulting from drinking large amounts of water wink

    Anyway,I'm used to it alreadysmile

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    I think I may have the same thing I have been having bladder inslation for a while now by the urologists and seems to be working 😆

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