A Urinary tract infection (UTI), is an infection caused by bacteria in any part of your urinary system, including your kidneys, bladder, and urethra. Apple cider vinegar (ACV) can be used for a range of home remedies, but can it really treat a urinary tract infection, UTI?
UTIs are common, affecting about 40 to 60 percent of women in their lifetime, according to the National institute of diabetes and digestive and kidney disease, NIDDK. The most common type of UTI is the bladder infections.
Some common symptoms of UTIs include;
- a constant urge to urinate
- pinkish or bloody pee
- burning sensation when passing out urine
- pelvic pain
- passing out little urine frequently
Early detection and treatment of UTI is ideal to avoid complications. However, it can lead to kidney infection and other health issues if left untreated for long.
Can ACV be used to cure a UTI?
Under no condition should a woman squirt ACV in their vaginas to get rid of UTIs. This could be counterproductive, extremely painful and unsafe. Instead, most people drink ACV by diluting it with water to cure UTI. This remedy appears to be effective because ACV contains acetic acid, which is believed to reduce infection-causing bacteria. Basically, people believe that after consuming diluted ACV, their urine becomes more acidic, eventually helping to get rid of any infection.
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However, there’s no scientific evidence to support using ACV for curing UTI, says Christine Greves, M.D., a board-certified ob-gyn at the Winnie Palmer Hospital for Women and Babies.
From a 2018 study in the journal Scientific Reports, ACV may help prevent the growth of E.coli, which is one of the bacteria responsible for UTIs, but those findings were preliminary.
What to do if you have a UTI
If you suspect you have a UTI from the symptoms listed above, see your doctor immediately instead of resorting to using ACV which may prove abortive and even increase your risks of developing kidney disease.
Only antibiotics has been proven to help get rid of urinary tract infection.
“Go with what has been proven to benefit at this point. Nothing takes the place of seeing your provider to ensure that this thing gets treated on time,” Greves says.
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