Wednesday, June 18, 2008

When I say "Baking Soda Works Miracles," it's not a rhetorical statement


Yes, you're seeing correctly. It is a TWELVE POUND bag of Baking Soda.

This post is especially for the Ladies. The only reason I say that is because it deals with an affliction from which, to date, only one male I know of personally has ever suffered. (And that, I'm SURE was karma!)

I am speaking of the dreaded and much-loathed Urinary Tract Infection (UTI) also known less accurately but far more conversationally as the "Bladder Infection."

People, there are few things on this earth that make a girl hate being a girl with more fury and gnashing of teeth than this bacterial menace. To add to the *enjoyment* you can rest assured that the vast majority of the time, said loveliness will usually chose, say Saturday morning at about 1:45 to present itself so as to make sure you are just miserable enough as to render you unable to wait for your regular doctor's office to open Monday morning to seek treatment... And the local ER's cash register *Ka-CHINGS!* with satisfaction.

Seriously. The last three times I've had one of these curses of gal-dom, I have had to fork over a $100 co-pay... only to be billed $160-and-change more from the ER after insurance! For which, by the way I am EXTREMELY grateful because just to walk into the ER in Lincoln City, tell them what was happening with me, get my blood pressure taken, pee in a cup, wait in a room under a pre-warmed blanket, tell the doc three times that yes, Pyridium DOES, in fact, contain red food dye... "what do you think makes your urine orange???" and therefore yes it WILL make me vomit, yes, I'm allergic to sulfa drugs and Cipro makes me sick as a dog, at which news he looks at me accusingly like I'm telling him all this just to challenge his medical knowledge and spouts at me with disgust, "Well, I'm running out of things to give you so you're going to have to take something or just take your chances until maybe this thing kills you!"

"Can you just give me some Macrobid and let me be on my way, please...?"

"Um, okay... $816 please!"

Can you imagine what it would have cost me if I needed, oh, I don't know, for them to actually figure out what was wrong with me? What if I had needed a stitch or something?! Ka-CHING!!

But, I digress...

So. Fast forward to Monday evening.

The unmistakable sensations begin and I'm thinking how grateful I am that at least it's not Saturday, but it is too late to call the doctor at the moment. I'm going to have to try some home triage until morning.

My mom happens to call and I tell her what's up and she says "Oh, I read the coolest thing about Alka Seltzer and UTIs! I can't remember exactly what it was, but, you know..."

Well, I don't own any Alka Seltzer, but I do have... you guessed it... Baking Soda!

What is Alka Seltzer but fizzy baking soda in a tablet?

I have nothing to lose at this point so I decide to improvise. I took a rounded teaspoon of Baking Soda and dissolved it into about 10oz of water. I drank it down as quickly as I could, *YUCK* and followed it with most of another glass of clear water. Of course, the burping erupted immediately... followed by some nausea, but that passed pretty quickly. An hour later, I began to notice some other, um, plumbing activity. It seemed I was purging a lot more than just urinary bacteria, but it wasn't like when that happens when you're sick. There wasn't any cramping, just an urgent need to "go!"

By bedtime, I felt mostly fine, but still made an appointment with the doc's office the next morning so as to not get another "ER Surprise" over the weekend. They couldn't get me in until Wednesday.

Tuesday, I felt fine all day but decided to do the baking soda and water thing again that evening, just for good measure. No extra "plumbing" action this time.

This morning, I kept my appointment with the doctor.

Guess what? For the FIRST TIME EVER my UTI test came back NEGATIVE!!!

The doctor walked into the exam room, results in hand, with her mouth hanging open in disbelief! There was not a TRACE of bacteria. Believe me, and gals who have experienced a UTI more than twice can attest... once you start down that road, there is NO question what those specific symptoms mean and they do NOT get better by thinking happy thoughts and waiting it out.

I'm not a doctor. I can't (legally) say the baking soda thing cured my UTI. All I can say is, somehow between Monday evening and this morning, with pretty much just baking soda and a whole bunch of water in between, the UTI was rendered completely undetectable... and the doctor was amazed enough to make a big deal about it.

I'm not sayin', I'm just sayin'...

Baking soda: takes the stains out of your sink, deodorizes your fridge, cleans your teeth, and apparently your urinary tract... and the list goes on, and on and on...

Now THAT's what I call versatile!

Baking Soda and Water Cocktails all around! Woo Hoo!

Party on, Y'all!




80 comments:

Wendy said...

That's awesome! I'll have to remember that to add to our UTI arsenal. Though, for bladder infections in this house, we swear by CranActin. (Another natural health post I've been meaning to do, but haven't gotten to.)

One of the girls has a condition that makes her prone to bladder infections (She refers to it as 'Spicy Pee') and we have yet to put her on antibiotics because it works so well.

So glad yours has cleared up. Worst. Feeling. Ever.

Anonymous said...

If you are suffering from common cystitis, 1/4 teaspoon of baking soda with water will help alkalinize your urine and help deprive bacteria of where they need to grow.

Cystex is also a great choice for managing a UTI before you get to the doctor, as it is the only UTI medicine available over-the- counter that combines a pain reliever (sodium salicylate) with an effective antiseptic (methenamine) to help keep the infection from progressing. It also doesn't dye your urine orange like other urinary pain relievers.

Angeleen said...

Hi, Anon. Thanks for stopping in with the good information!

How is it you that happened by my blog?

Are you a doctor?


Wendy, thanks for your tip about CranActin, too!

You are most correct in your assessment... "Worst. Feeling. Ever."

Both Fex said...

Me? I think the term spicy pee, is darn close to the mark and funny to boot. This will be my new term from now on. And thanks for the baking soda tip- I'll be tucking that little bit of info away for sure.

Cheryle said...

Wow.

So it appears the baking soda got rid of the infection, but did it help with the excrutiating PAIN? I haven't had to deal with one in years but I still remember that awful pain.

Hey - happy 29th birthday, by the way! :)

Richie Designs said...

that is fascinating! always get them on the weekend too it's like your body knows

jamie said...

You're so right, I got a UTI this weekend starting late Saturday night, aaaargh! I knew I couldn't get to the doc until Monday but good grief I was in so much pain even though I was drinking buckets of water. I didn't have any cranberry juice to try. Then while Googling I turned up your page and thought well it's worth a try... I took 1 tsp baking soda in a cup of water. Then drank a lot more plain water. Went to sleep, got up in 2 hrs to "go" noticed the pain seemed to be down a little bit. Took 1 more tsp in a tall glass of water. Went back to bed got up again later and went to the bathroom thank goodness the pain was down by 90%!! I was amazed and so grateful it had been hurting so bad I wanted to cry and now I knew I could make it through Sunday. The baking soda didn't kill the infection but it reduced the pain by 90% maybe 95% and made it easy for me to keep drinking plain water and "going" often, all through Sunday. Got my script from the doc this morning and now I'm taking my antibiotics. She said yep, baking soda is an old remedy for the pain, take a tsp in a glass of water at the first sign of pain but no more than 2-3 tsp in 24 hours. And drink plenty of good old fashioned plain water through the day.

Now I just need to warn you all that if you have high blood pressure you should not do the baking soda it is high in sodium.

Also if you are on any other medications you need to ask a doc or at least look up the drug interactions because baking soda CAN AND WILL affect how your body processes certain meds. I had to stop taking the baking soda by last night because I'm on another med today three days a week and alkalinizers like baking soda cause the blood levels of the med to shoot way up which can be dangerous.

Anyways thank you for your helpful hint and God bless you and your family you have saved me a world of pain!!

Ma ~ said...

AWESOME! I love baking soda. My little one is starting to show symptoms of uti, so I am coaxing him to drink a baking soda cocktail. Wish us luck:)

Brianne said...

After Google searching for UTI help, I came across your blog entry and decided to try baking soda out. I have to say, I was in some bad pain. I have had one previous UTI that traveled to my kidneys, and this felt the same way. I was forced to pay a big price tag for the visit and antibiotics.

This time, worried I'd have to hit the E.R. by morning and having some severe back pain from the kidneys, I drank some water with 1/2 tsp baking soda.

After falling asleep (!) about an hour later, I woke up with literally no pain. It no longer hurts when I pee, and there's no more back or abdomen pain!

Thank you so much for your advice! Baking soda worked for me - it looks like it kicked that bacteria from my kidneys down to my bladder and urinary tract... now it's GONE! Thank you, thank you, thank you!

ellenpran said...

I woke up at 4am, after urinating I felt the dreaded burn, the on-coming of a UTI. Oh No! I panicked, in between pacing and saying, why me,I got on the computer and looked up treatment for a UTI. I ran across a site that recommended drinking water and baking soda. I was kind of scared to try it but by now I would do anything. So it said to mix 1/2 tsp. to 1 cup of water and drink it every 30 minutes for 2 hours. Okay it is 9am and the signs of a UTI are gone. Hate the taste and it did give me the diarrhea but I can take the discomfort as long as the burning goes away. It make the urine less acidic and that is what causes the burning.

Just wanted to let you know it does work. Now I will have to wait until tomorrow to see if it is totally gone.

Anonymous said...

I have literally spent thousands of dollars trying to clear up my acne. I have tried laser, Murad, Proactive, antibiotics, every otc imagineable...nothing has worked like baking soda. My face felt oily and a little acidic. I don't know what made me try baking soda. I put it in a paste and left it on for 15 minutes. The next day my skin looked extraordinarily better. I googled it because I couldn't believe that a $1 box of baking soda could do what thousands of dollars worth of products could not. For me it was a matter of getting my pH in check. I want to shout out to everyone who suffers with acne how great baking soda is. At a buck a box, you have nothing to lose.

Anonymous said...

Thank you. This worked great for me.

Angeleen said...

YAY!!! So glad it worked for you too, Anon! :D

Anonymous said...

I am a registered nurse and instantly recognized 1 a.m. symptoms of the dreadful UTI. I googled for an over the counter remedy to get me through the night as I did not want wake my children up to go to Walmart to look for something there. Your baking soda tip made good nursing sense, so I thought I'd give it a try. Almost as soon as I drank the cocktail, I felt a decrease in that lower abdominal sensation I was feeling. I can honestly say 8 hrs later, urinating feels 99% better. I will continue to drink reg water and perhaps another cocktail later, this was a life saver for me!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! As a nurse, I had never heard of this treatment, but logically it makes good sense. THANKS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Anonymous said...

Thank you for this suggestion! I get a UTI about once a month and I don't want to keep taking antibiotics. I have a cranberry intolerance so I had to find another home remedy, and baking soda sounds really promising. Thanks!

Anonymous said...

Having suffered UTIs for over 30 years, I invested in Angela Kilmartin's book UNDERSTANDING CYSTITIS, which cost less than meds for one bout. The baking soda treatment is included, along with lots of other great information. I don't know why doctors don't know about this...maybe because it's too cheap? Baking soda works great as a facial, removes rust stains from dishes, and KoolAid stains from countertops. What a workhorse!

Anonymous said...

Yep, I'm a believer in the baking soda remedy for UTIs. All afternoon couldn't stop thinking 'bout peeing, even when I'd just used the bathroom!! Experienced all the other wonderful symptoms & wanted something to tide me over 'til I could get antibiotics. I've had two glasses of water w/1 tsp baking soda in the past 6 hours. Within the FIRST HOUR the urge to urinate was gone & when I finally went the experience was normal!!! Wooo hooo!!!!!!

Anonymous said...

I am currently have these HORRIBLE SYMPTOMS. I get these way to often for my taste...probably 3 times a year. SUX is all I can say. Of course it started on Wednesday and I had some left over antibiotics (had a prescripton change one time)By Saturday I am thinking all is good. Sunday it comes back. So I bought Cystex, boiled some corn silk, doubled up on cranberry capsules. NOW I am trying the baking soda. So far I have used 1/2 tsp in a shot glass of water (cause it is easier to shoot it, cause it isn't pleasant tasting). Then I took a shot of OJ to help the flavor. So hopefully it will all go well. I will keep you posted. I am drinking LOTS of water as well.

Anonymous said...

For over 20 years, I have suffered from recurrent UTI's after sex depending (I think this has a lot to do with it) on the position and/or partner. After an initial few with my now ex husband, I didn't get any during our marriage.

Anyway, I tried the 1/2 teaspoon of baking soda to 8 oz. water today after reading this thread, followed by 8 oz water each time and 24 oz prior.

My PCP was closed and the clinic said it would be a week before I could get an appointment. (That's just crazy btw).

So I had been taking AZO and it wasn't helping much. The burning and pain was so bad as always, and the bloody urine. Within one hour I still felt an urge but much less pain. 4 hours later I did another dose and now I am feeling almost nothing, and no more blood!

I always was prescribed smz-tmp which then I always got a yeast infection from so THANK YOU GIRLS for this thread :)

Unknown said...

The recurrent UTI is a vicious circle, especially when antibiotics are used. I had my first bout in 34 years with an bladder infection at the beginning of this year, and since I have had 2 more! Through researching, I have found that antibiotics are the problem - they kill the good bacteria that help fight off the bad. Taking antibiotics messes up the bacteria balance in many systems (gut, urinary, vaginal). I even read an article about how good bacteria plays a huge role in mental health! I'm a nurse and have to admit that the whole electrolyte acid/base balancing act the body has to do to remain in homeostasis is quite confusing...I believe I was taught that acids like cranberry juice help make the tract acidic where the bacteria can't grow...(I SPECIFICALLY remember this being a test question). This seems entirely false to me, especially after using baking soda to help with UTI symptoms, it makes sense that the bacteria would have a harder time living in an alkaline environment, and as we all have attested to - it works. I caution anyone from using cranberry juice for above mentioned reason...especially if it is sweetened (bacteria LIVE on sugar) - my research has found that it's actually the cran extract that holds the medicinal property. Another supplement to use would be D-Mannose, which keeps the bacteria from sticking to the walls of the urinary tract. Another incredibly important thing that I didn't see expressed in this thread is adding large amounts of probiotics to the diet. I wouldn't use yogurt either (full of sugar) - but a good supplement with the most amount of active probiotic bang for the buck. The supplement should read in the billion/CFU. I did find one product that has probiotic, D-mannose, and cran extract allll in one supplement for an ok price, definitely worth the trips to the doctor who is just going to send you right back onto that UTI/antibiotic merry go round.
http://products.mercola.com/d-mannose/

Cheers to optimum health :)

Unknown said...

NOTE: I'm still in the beginning stages of use this 3-in-one supplement, so I cannot fully attest to it. I'm just as skeptical of this type of advertising that makes it sound TOO good to be TRUE....but, I've watched Dr. Mercola's videos and read his articles for few months, and he is quirky, but seems very sincere.

Anonymous said...

Saturday... 3:55am... just awoke from sleep with those first dreadful symptoms. Of course.
My stepmother had sent me an email about the alka seltzer a couple months ago. So here I am without alka seltzer, but wondering if baking soda would do the same trick. Yay to google and yay to your blog. Thanks. About to try it out! It's not a full-fledged infection just yet, but I'll let you know how it goes.

Anonymous said...

WOW!!! I've been in crazy pain for about 24 hours. It's depressing how painful an UTI can be. It started on a Saturday and go figure tomorrow is a holiday! I'm dying.....Just so happen I see this blog, after googling, and all I can say is. IT WORKS, IT'S WORKING AS I TYPE! Thank God! Just hoping it will continue to work until I can see my PCP.

Thanks Again!

Anonymous said...

I just found this website while in desperate pain last night. The spasms were frequent and nerve-wracking (I get extremely anxious/hyper/antsy when I get UTIs) and I thought I'd give this a try. Took a 1/2 tsp baking soda at 1:30am and within THE HOUR it started getting better (still frequent, but far less burning). I took another 1/2 tsp around 7am and it's now 10am and I feel almost normal. I'm feeling a little nauseous but I think that's from the baking soda and lack of sleep. Will keep taking this throughout the day! This does work!

Crystal said...

I woke up with the familiar burning this morning... of course, a Saturday. I just tried the baking soda (while my husband gave me a crazy "I can't believe you are drinking that" look). We shall see... I seriously don't want to spend the rest of my weekend miserable.

Anonymous said...

Thank you soooooooo much! Seriously! The baking soda trick really worked:)

Baberuth54 said...

I started getting a uti on Friday night at 1:00 am. I tried a tsp of baking soda in water and 20 min later I felt better. I was able to sleep through the night without trouble. In the morning I had another tsp. of baking soda with the water. I was thinking it was a miracle. I decided to go to the drugstore and buyt cystoplus. It cost $20 at Rexal. I took two doses and by that night my symptoms were back. I should have stuck to the baking soda and saved my money. Day 3 and I am now back on the baking soda and everything is good. I am just not sure if the baking soda will kill off the bacteria infection or not. I will try the baking soda for the next two days and see what happens.

Baberuth54 said...

Went to the doctor Wednesday after work and my urine was tested and came back negative. I am so happy I was able to clear it up naturally with out antibiotiics. I will say a couple of things though. Make sure you take it with very little food or other liquid so it doesn't get diluted before it works it's way out. Three or four times a day seemed fine for me. I mixed about 1 tsp with a cup of water. Also, I did get an explosive headache on day 5 of taking it. I don't think it should be taken for prolonged periods. Or at least take some vitamin C as well. On the Tuesday night I also drank a bit of apple cider vinegar. I dont know if that helped but im sure it wouldn't hurt.

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Anonymous said...

It worked for me yesterday but not today for some reason. But yesterday it saved my night!! Maybe because I had more water intake. Still trying tonight though.

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Shannon Kilpatrick said...

This is music to my ears, truly! I got my very first UTI about two years ago (I'm 23), and the wonderful affliction has popped up in five month increments ever since. Not only was my bank account getting very sad, I was starting to worry about the possibility of antibiotic immunity, which is becoming some what of a hot-topic these days, with the over-usage of the darn pills. Needless to say, today at around 3:30, I started to have that ever-so-familiar sensation, and am going to fill my water with Baking Soda, rather than send the usual $200, just to wait for the next one to come along...thank you, thank you!

KenAt85 said...

I have to say that although I'd heard of using baking soda, it was the comments from everybody in this thread that prompted me to go fulls guns with the treatment. I used roughly 1/5 teaspoon every half hour for three hours. There definitely was a benefit.

In fact, the taste of it was very appealing to me. When the taste no longer seemed so appealing, that's when I stopped - figuring that my system was topped off, at least for the day.

I'll very likely make the baking soda a weekly thing from now on, for general health. (Btw, my sense of smell became much more acute within the first hours of taking the NaHCO3.)

I'd suggest that cranberry juice can greatly increase pain because of its acidity, but you can put baking soda in it to neutralize it, and then add even more to alkalinize it - thereby getting the best of both worlds.

One last thing: Cystex says that you need to have acidic urine for the methenamine component to do its "anti-infective" work. Maybe others can get away with that acidifying, but I'd never try again.

Thanks to Angeleen and all the commenters. Even though the original people might not still be active here, the thread itself lives on and on :)

Anonymous said...

I'm going to try this today. And here is my detailed and complicated UTI background.

I started getting UTI's about two years ago (I'm currently 23 years old) when I first started having sex. And throughout those two years I have had plenty of UTI's (I can't even remember how many I've had).

Its been a really big pain physically, emotionally, and cost-wise (anti-biotics, co-pays, lab tests). I've sat with a UTI crying before cursing all of mankind and their longer urethras and I've cursed about the fact that I'm a woman and I have to deal with this. For a while, when I kept on having them over and over and over again, I thought "this is it, I'm going to have to decide between my sanity, health, and bank account or making love with my boyfriend." I was really upset about that for a few months when I kept on having recurring ones all the time.

I've tried it all. Waiting it out to see if it goes away on its own (bad, bad idea btw). Glugging 100%, no-sugar-added, organic, cranberry juice (which started eroding my tooth enamel because I was drinking soooo very much of it). Glugging tons of water. Drinking 100% D-mannose powder in water. Taking cranberry supplements to make it go away. Taking cranberry supplements to prevent it. (This may be TMI but whatever) Wiping front-to-back after going to the bathroom and wiping very, very well. Yes, I tried all of those things.

I found out that coffee was part of the problem. After a fun night with my boyfriend, we would wake up and make a pot of strong coffee and drink it for hours on end. I've done a lot of reading about coffee online and apparently it can cause cystitis, inflammation of the bladder, which makes people more prone to bacteria infections. This year for a few months, I cursed all of coffee-kind and I didn't drink it for a couple of months. After a month or so of not drinking coffee, I stopped getting UTI's. Sadly, I forgot and resumed drinking coffee, and so resumed my recurring UTI's.

Continued...

Anonymous said...

Continued...

Currently I have a UTI. I got it on August 11th, 2012. It has been 4 WEEKS AND 2 DAYS! And I got it while out of town on a perfect weekend visiting my long-distance boyfriend who I don't see very often (yes, I cried when I found out I had a UTI). Anyways, the day after I got it I went to urgent care (which I had to leave early the next day so I could drive hopefully pain-free three hours to get to) and got a Bactrim prescription for three days. I took it all. And it came back two days later (I had a nagging feeling 3 days wouldn't work). Then I took Keflex for four days and I was starting to really feel better and I figured I already took the Bactrim so I stopped (bad idea, I know). It came back a day or two later, so I continued the Keflex for another week. But the symptoms started coming back during the last couple of days of taking the Keflex. So I got switched to Cipro. I took Cipro for two weeks. The symptoms went away for the first week of taking Cipro. After that, they started to come back. It wasn't anything painful, just discomfort and a little more frequency. I finished my last Cipro pill on September 8th, and because I had already been feeling symptoms for a couple days, I knew it wasn't going to work. I went in for a urinalysis a few hours after taking my last pill (which isn't the greatest way to get reliable urinalysis results but I was really anxious about having to wait all weekend to find out what's next). Yesterday I began to have more frequency and started to have pain during urination and so I popped a pill of pyridium to help with the pain of peeing. It's great. I talked to someone in my doctor's office yesterday and they told me my urine culture results would be in today. I called in today, my doctor told me the results would be in tomorrow instead and I cried. I'm so sick of this thing and taking anti-biotics and not working-out and not having energy and not being able to think clearly and not being able to enjoy the last weeks of summer!!!

My theory is that maybe since coffee makes the urine more acidic (pH is lowered more than 7.0), then maybe this is another reason for why coffee makes me more prone to UTI's. Maybe baking soda will help! I'm going to try this after I go to the doctor's to pee in a cup and give them another urine sample. I will let you guys know how it goes. I mean I will let you guys know if the baking soda thing helps, not peeing in a cup. Haha!

P.S. I'm planning on seeing a urologist sometime soon. I want to make sure there is nothing physically wrong with me that is causing me to be prone to UTI's. I recommend seeing a urologist for anyone who has recurring uti's and is experiencing the nightmare I have been through.

Anonymous said...

Hi i am currently facing the dreaded symptoms of a uti and i have just taken the baking soda and water thing, i am soooo hoping that this works and hopefully get the same results as everyone else has. i will keep you all posted to see if it works. thanks for the tip.

amarshallphotos said...

Same thing as all these other ladies. Its 10 pm and bam out of nowhere I felt symptoms and already had some blood in urine. Not wanting to make an er visit and living in a big city I know I prolly couldnt get into dr until monday maybe friday at best I googled home remedies and came across this page. I took the baking soda and water about 20 min ago and already have decreased urge to pee. thank you thank you for your tip .

Anonymous said...

I made the long two comment post that's only a couple of comments above this one. I've figured out it is coffee that's the culprit. I think I have interstitial cystitis. If you have recurring UTI's I suggest you Google "Interstitial Cystitis". Stop drinking coffee for a while (if you drink coffee) and see if your UTI's go away.

I had to find this out on my own suffering through many painful UTI's and antibiotics and doctor's bills and just unhappiness. I hope it helps someone avoid everything I had to endure. :)

Anonymous said...

Do see your urologist and ask about ic (interstistial cystitis). It isn't a happy diagnosis as it's a chronic condition w no current known cure but at least you'll have somewhere to start. A big part of managing it is diet and one of the biggest triggers can be coffee.

Anonymous said...

After a day and a half of taking Uristat with no luck I decided to try this. I started the baking soda and water at 8am. It's now almost 4pm and I have no symptoms whatsoever! Thank you so much for posting this! It has truly saved me an office visit!

Lisa said...

I've been suffering frequent UTIs for 15 years due to prolapse (dropped bladder - cystocele) and a botched surgery in 2000 that constricted my urinary tract.

Due to all the infections, I have become resistant to many common antibiotics. Currently I have a UTI that has not gone away after 8 different courses of antibiotics. Really afraid this thing is going to put me in the hospital if I can't get a handle on it.

A couple of days ago I remembered reading something about alkaline urine not hurting so much, so I tried the baking soda in water and felt amazingly better! I didn't keep taking it because I was afraid it would interfere with the action of the antibiotics, but now, with yet another antibiotic failing, I have nothing to lose.

Thanks so much for this blog and this thread. I didn't realize that baking soda was such a widely used and effective treatment for UTI.

Anonymous said...

Ok, I'm trying it now. Will let you know how it turns out. I really hope that it works!

Kassi said...

Really hopes this works! is back with an update:

Put 1/4 tsp in 8 oz drink and drank until I couldn't stand it, which really wasn't long.
2 hr update: Drank 8 oz water, have urinated twice and symptoms are starting to weaken. Not by the amount that I had hoped, though.
1 hr later: Symptoms are now more rapidly going away. Continuing to drink water.
Will repeat in about 2 more hours and leave another follow-up.

Kassi said...

Ok I'm back with another update. Drank some more of the baking soda solution, things are looking really positive for me. Hardly any symptoms at all. Will make sure that I drink the solution one more time before going to bed but this seems to have saved me a trip to the doctor. Still making an appointment for tomorrow in case this doesn't pull through, but it looks like I might slip by without it.

Anonymous said...

This really works. I woke up 1:30am with severe uti. I was literally crying and contemplating on going to ER, this was the wort uti I've ever had. Thanks to google, I found this blog along with many others. I was desperate, so I literally sopped 3 spoon fulls of baking soda and swallowed it. I had about 4 glasses of water after that. To my surprise, the taste of baking soda was not as bad as I thought. Within 20 minutes, I noticed decrease of urination, eventually fell asleep, woke up the next day and felt great. I had 3 more spoons fulls that morning and more water before going to work. A say later and no pain. This really great!!

Kaeley Pekar said...

I saw this cure on another site and as I chugged my cocktail, I googled for reassurance and found this.

Yesterday I also had something like an entire container of cranberry juice and half a pineapple (another cure I heard of) and I woke to 75% better. I seemed to have relapsed while at work so here's to baking soda!

Anonymous said...

I woke up at 5:30 this morning with the DREADED symptoms of a UTI, unfortunately not an uncommon sensitive that I haven't already experienced.....I had never heard of the baking soda remedy before but was absolutely desperate to get rid of the burning sensation and the frequency sensation as well. I've always been the type of person to forego home remedies and go straight for the antibiotic but I have to say I am so happy I decided to try this out. I drank one tall glass of water with 1 teaspoon of baking soda about15 min ago, followed by a couple of gulps of my bedside water and I already am feeling a difference in the burning sensation...I am going to continue to drink more water and in hopes I can fall back asleep and at least get a couple more hours in before my alarm goes off! Thank you for your suggestion and thank you for those who have posted previously, your comments have truly helped!

Juanita Myers said...

I too was in need of something to lessen the pain of a UTI. Im an alternative health therapist. So going to the Dr. is like pulling teeth to me. I had tried a few things but wasnt helping much I think I had just waited to long to start any treatment. I had tried baking soda once before but didnt use enough of it. This time I took a teaspoon of baking soda in a warm glass of water. It really did start to help. So I will keep taking it till Im sure its gone then I will test my self to see if Im clear. Thanks to all of your post I have learn alot to help some of my clients.
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Anonymous said...

I really truly hope this works for me im desperate!!!! Thanks

Anonymous said...

Managing the symptoms is different than managing the infection. I had a UTI a while back and I fought it off by drinking lots of water and cranberry juice, but then three weeks later I was in the hospital with an incredibly high fever and back pain. The infection had entered the kidneys and become asymptomatic. Does anyone know if baking soda is merely treating symptoms or if it actually fights the infection itself?

SDRoads said...

Very good question. I am up, all night, in pain with a feeling of swelling. I felt sharp pains yesterday and the day before. I hope we find the answer to your question. It is important. I have a little boy to take care of. I can not be sick. -SD Roads

richmond teng said...

a friend of mine said that baking soda can cure UTI so i searched it on the internet to verify it. i also came accross with this blog http://katziem.blogspot.com/2013/05/wildcard-baking-soda-remedies.html and she also had amazing results from it.
Thank You for sharing this remedy!

Anonymous said...

thanks for share....

Anonymous said...

Yesterday morning,I felt a burning sensation when I went to ease myself. I guessed it was UTI and dreaded a visit to the doc, as I have never been to one for this problem. The burning sensation lasted till evening when I decided to look for a natural remedy.
The website had a few suggestions but what caught my eye was the baking soda remedy - 1 teaspoon baking soda to 8 ounces of water. I tried it. It did not taste bad at all and it worked almost immediately. The burning sensation disappeared. I will swear by this remedy from now on.

Anonymous said...

Hello! Been reading about baking soda on other sites as well as this blog and I combined it with a natural antibacterial called Uva Ursi and ate more alkaline foods like almonds, raw spinach and carrots etc...


Stayed away from coffee, sugars, chocolate... gave myself 2 days to try this out before heading to the doctor. Not only did the pain subside, the bleeding went away and I recovered. Woo-hoo! I have now learned I have to watch my diet when getting frisky with fiancee.

randombubbles said...

I was experiencing painful urination for 2 days and I decided to look for alternative ways to ease the pain. I drank a teaspoon of soda in 4 oz of water and suddenly, the pain was gone by 80%. I will try this for about 2 days and will see if its effective.

Anonymous said...

Wow noticed some symptoms this morning (friday) but was too busy to do much other than drink water. So 11 pm rolls around and my urges are so strong, urinating so painful, pressure on abdomen, pressure on urethra so I decided to give baking soda a try. I put a teaspoon into my full water bottle and have had about half of that within the hour. It is now 12 at night, and my urges have decreased by half. That alone will help my sleep tonight!

Thanks so much! Good luck with these infections!! You will feel better soon :)

Anonymous said...

yes the baking soda trick does work!!

Anonymous said...

Hi! My naturopath told me to try 1 tablespoon of baking soda three times a day in water. I drank the first glass and 30 minutes later I had to run to the bathroom to, well, you know...and it was so bad that only water was coming out for 30 minutes. I thought I needed to go to the ER! It eventually stopped but I will not be doing this again. So, my question is...do you think I took too much? The naturopath said that nobody has ever reacted like that to the baking soda treatment, but a tablespoon seems like A LOT to me. I'd love to try any natural remedies, as I am prone to getting UTIs and I got something called Clostridium Difficile (or C Diff) from taking Cipro for a UTI. Now any time I need to take antibiotics I am at a high risk to get C Diff again...and I wouldn't wish C Diff on my worst enemy- it actually did take me to the ER! So, needless to say, the fact that I am positive for a UTI right now is very depressing- I don't want to take antibiotics!

Anonymous said...

Not that I know more than your Naturopath, but... Yes, a tablespoon at a time is WAY too much since two tablespoons in a day is considered an overdose by poison control.

One teaspoon per cup three times per day is plenty when you're in the acute stages then a half teaspoon per cup for a few days after.

Also, watch the other sodium you take in while you're doing the baking soda solution. It all adds up.

Keep drinking lots of water, eat clean, healthy foods and get plenty of rest.

Blessings and abundant health to you!
L7CR

Baysgrammy said...

I have heard this before about UTIs and baking soda so I am wondering if my cat who has a UTI about every 4 or 5 months could drink this and be helped? Do you know anything about that?

Anonymous said...

Baysgrammy- good luck trying to get your cat to drink baking soda and water ;) not sure that's safe anyway - I would definitely ask your vet. I give my cats distilled water to prevent stones and uti, per my vets advice once. I've never had problems with them. Always keep plenty of water for them to drink, as well as cleaning litter box often (bacteria). I would also suggest a high grade probiotic from a health food store. I occasionally give them 1/4 powder from a capsule mixed in wet food. Hope this helps. Cheers to optimum health :)

Anonymous said...

Thought I would add my experience, too. I have a UTI that I think may have traveled to my kidneys (had the UTI symptoms for awhile, but the first couple of times I got a UTI, my body fought it off on its own). On Friday night my mid back started hurting, I had the chills, and was very naseaseated. Because I've had kidney stones before, I recognized this as a likely kidney problem but all the clinics that would take my insurance were closed for the weekend. The next day I was so bad off that I found this remedy and immediately took a tablespoon of baking soda in 8 oz of water.

I'm not going to lie, it made my nausea worse, but shortly after my lower back started feeling better and I didn't get that 'phantom' urge to go. That night, my fever broke. I took smaller (teaspoon) doses in water after that, but it's now Sunday night and I feel well enough to go into work. I'm going to keep on with the baking soda for a few more days--and I warn you, it will make you a little queasy but it seems all UTI/kidney infection cures, home or not, will.

Ces said...

Tried this remedy too and indeed, it works! Huge savings! :D

Katelyn Schwarz said...

Well here I am woke up at 3 am to the burning pee of death. Slammed Azo and 3 glasses of water, cranberry juice, and now I just read your article at now 4 am. Slammed a glass of 1 tsp of baking soda..... praying to god this works. I had this last week went took azo and it went away, went to the gyno told her about it came out clean, and now it's returned. If baking soda is the cure... I will love you forever!

Anonymous said...

I cannot believe this actually worked!!! I first started having UTI symptoms 3 days ago - and I really only had one symptom this time. It burns so bad when I pee. Not before I pee, not after I pee, only while I peed. The pain want too bad at first, but quickly got worse. Between yesterday and today the pain was so severe that it felt like someone was vigorously stabbing me in my urethra. It was unbearable, and because of it I barely peed for 2 days.

I called the doctor this morning, and it's 8pm now & they never called me back like they said they would. I do already have Interstitial Cystitis, so I've been taking my Uribel & also Tramodol & nothing would help the pain at all. Seeing that I'm obviously not going to be getting antibiotics tonight (because the doctor hasn't called back, which I'm very pissed about!), I decided to try yet another home remedy. Cranberry doesn't work for me anymore, so I tried apple cider vinegar with honey earlier today. Didn't notice any difference. An hour ago I tried the baking soda trick (1 teaspoon baking soda, 8 ounces warm water), I waited an hour & when I tried to pee, I only had a little burning & pain! I would say it's like an 85% improvement, which when the pain was debilitating this is an extreme improvement!!

I'll keep taking the baking soda water for at least a few days to make sure this infection goes away. Thank you so much everyone for posting your stories! Your stories are what gave me the confidence to try the baking soda/water. Anyone who's had a UTI knows how much it sucks to waste time on treatments that don't work.

Anonymous said...

Also an FYI - there is such a thing as too much baking soda. Only take 1 teaspoon at a time, NOT a tablespoon. I know from experience. A few years ago I had really bad indigestion/acid reflux, I saw that baking soda water was supposed to help. I couldn't really find a dosage amount, so I think I did 2 or 3 tablespoons in a glass of water before going to bed that night. I had a final exam in the morning & had to leave it half way through because I had severe pain in my digestive system, & it felt like my intestines were moving around. It was so painful that I left my exam unfinished to go to the ER. I was too embarrassed to tell them that I drank baking soda water, so they said it was stress causing my pain. I know it was because I took too much baking soda the night before.

So be careful! 1 teaspoon at a time to you don't cause your insides to explode! That's exactly what it felt like!

Anonymous said...

I had uti 7 weeks ago and was on cirpo for a week. it quickly cleared up after 5 days of dose. But I finished 7 day dose anyway. Had half pound of cranberry raw without sugar each day. But 3 days later, the uti came back. Not full bloom, but bad enough to stay awake whole night running bathrooms. Tried some fresh made parsley tea and help some to reduce pain after pee. yet still have urge to go to the bathroom 2 or 3 times during the night. Now on week 5, it came back again. running bathroom with tons of pain every hour. The AZO test shows trace-positive white cells but negative on nitrite. For some reason, i rarely get positive nitrite even UTI is obvious. I just sent my urine for culture test. in the mean while decide to try baking soda before taking any antibiotics again. will keep update my case and hope

Anonymous said...

an update of status. took baking soda 3/4 tsp (i'm a skinny person) and two cups of water at 11am. 6 hours later, pain after urine reduced 80%. good sign. but bathroom frequency stays about the same (30-60 min). anybody experience similar thing?

Sylvias Kitchen Sync said...

my mom went rounds and rounds with the dr - for bladder infection - whatever they gave her didn't work. She's always been a researcher and vitamins had reversed her macular degeneration at the age of 75 - and back in the day vitamins had balanced her thyroid and was able to have kids!Thus including me :)
So online researching she went and 1/4 teaspoon of baking soda twice a day for 3 days to a week (got un-burning after 3 days, gone within a week) did what none of the "specialists" could seem to figure out ! a two cent solution.
My mom's now 79 and dad 82 and they're on no prescriptions whatsover - dad still chops wood and mom still does gardening, canning and the like. Thank God.

Anonymous said...

Mix the baking soda with Crystal Light and it tastes like a spritzer. It's easier to drink, then follow up with water.

Anonymous said...

Loved your writing - I am a sufferer of utis and your blog really made me laugh - thank you! Just tried the baking soda... I've done everything except this... hopefully it works and I'll be freeee!

a1bold said...

I had reaccuring utis, and my doctor suggested acidiphollus, which is an over the counter pill located in the vitamin section at the store. The only time I had a uti after this is when I slack on taking the pill....in which case,I do the baking soda trick.

a1bold said...

Acidophilus I mean!

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Anonymous said...

This is the first time i am commenting on a health thread. But boy do i feel wonderful within ten minutes of this insanely awesome baking soda remedy. I have been on antibiotics course of 5 days and i dint feel any better. Today is my fifth day and i had started to panic. I'm fairly new at this so i was a bit petrified. But then i can vouch for this home remedy. I think i can live again

Anonymous said...

I'm actually pretty afraid to try this, yet almost desperate enough to. I'm 16, and I have had recurrent uits since I was 12. I used to get them about every 4-5 months, but for some reason, this year I've been to the doctor about every month. I've had 9 utis, and this is my tenth. I've used Azo religiously for about a year now. I'm sick of going to the doctor, sick if getting prescriptions. I went to a urologist about a month ago, and she gave me a prescription for an anti biotic to take everyday for a few months, but my mother isn't very comfortable with that. So we haven't even picked up the prescription. Now, here I am, in a lot of pain, dreading the doctor again. I'd like to try this, but im wondering how it would react with me having IBS, since baking soda is also used as a laxative... I guess I'll try it (once I figure out how to get out of the bathroom long enough to stir up this concoction). We'll see how it works, and hopefully I won't have to leave school tomorrow...

Khan61 said...

Thanks for the thread all of you guys. I am suffering from acute UTI for the last so many months. All treatments seemed to be ineffective on me. I have also been taking homeopathic medicices to cure the problem.
I just read about baking soda and am going to try it this evening when I return home ftom work. Will update about the results. Wish me luck please!!!

Anonymous said...

I have had my uti for about a week and half . A week before I knew what it was. I thought it was a side effect to my new meds,then I figured out it was uti. I am horribly gassy and feel like I need to go both ways all the time.. Been downing cranberry juice azo and water. No more pain but still relly gassy.. Started the baking soda remedy today. Gotta appointment with the doc tomorrow.

Kim Jones said...

great treatment! Have had this UTI since Sunday (just got worse today) and came across this post. Drank a glass with baking soda and literally within 30 minutes the burning/pain (which is constant, worse when I urinate) is vitually gone! I hope it will help knock it out completely, but at least this makes it bearable until I have to see the doctor. THANK YOU!