A bladder infection is inflammation caused by bacteria. It can cause pain and problems passing urine. It is treated with antibiotics. Symptoms will pass as you recover. Pain medicine can help manage discomfort. Some will add natural treatments to ease symptoms and prevent repeat infection.
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Herbs and Supplements to Be Used With Caution
Talk to your doctor about all herbs or pills you are taking. Some may get in the way of your treatment or other health problems you may have. Cranberry concerns may include:
- May cause diarrhea and stomach upset when used in large amounts.
- Cranberry also has salicylic acid which is a main ingredient in aspirin. It may cause issues if the two are taken together.
- People with kidney stones should avoid excess cranberry. They have oxalate which can increase the risk of kidney stones.
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