Treating a UTI at Home: Simple Self-Care Measures to Help Relieve Symptoms

Dr. Phil Mitchell
Medically reviewed by Dr. Phil Mitchell

How to treat a UTI at home?

While antibiotics are typically the most effective way to treat a UTI or Urinary Tract Infection, there are several self-care measures you can take at home to help relieve symptoms and support healing. Here are some simple home remedies for UTIs:

  1. Drink plenty of water: Staying hydrated can help flush out bacteria from the urinary tract and reduce symptoms such as burning and urgency. Aim for at least 8-10 glasses of water per day.
  2. Take over-the-counter pain relief: Over-the-counter pain relievers such as ibuprofen or acetaminophen can help relieve pain and reduce fever.
  3. Apply a heating pad: Applying a heating pad to the lower abdomen or back can help relieve pain and discomfort associated with a UTI.
  4. Avoid irritants: Avoiding irritants such as caffeine, alcohol, and spicy foods can help reduce bladder irritation and discomfort.
  5. Take probiotics: Probiotics can help promote healthy gut and urinary tract bacteria, which may help prevent recurrent UTIs.

It’s important to note that while these self-care measures can help relieve symptoms, they are not a substitute for medical treatment. If your symptoms do not improve within a few days, or if you develop more severe symptoms such as fever, vomiting, or blood in the urine, it’s important to see a healthcare provider for further evaluation and treatment.