Sep 16 2011
During glandular fever treatment, when the immune system is under stress, secondary conditions like urinary tract infections can develop.
Unlike most respiratory and gastrointestinal infections, urinary tract infections are usually caused by a bacteria – typically Escherihia coli (E.coli). The cause of the infection is usually contamination of the vagina or urethra with faeces from the bowel. From there these microbes can travel to the rest of the urinary tract and cause infection.
Apart from immune suppression, other triggers for UTIs can include irritation of the urinary tract from tight clothing, a diaphragm, spermicides, sex, bubble baths, chlorinated pools or even eating foods like spices, coffee, alcohol, citrus, chocolate and bananas.
UTI symptoms can include pain on urination, blood or pus in urine, urgency to urinate, fever and malaise. Some patients find that their urine is cloudy and smells very strong. During glandular fever treatment some symptoms like fever, malaise and fatigue can seem similar to those seen during a UTI.
Here’s some steps I recommend my patients with UTIs follow. These steps can be incorporated safely into a glandular fever treatment plan.
- Drink lots of water and pure cranberry juice. Cranberry juice can stop E.coli from adhering to the walls of the bladder and urinary tract. It is also available in a capsule form and can be even taken as a preventative if you are prone to urinary tract infections.
- Take an immune boosting supplement with vitamin C. Ascorbic acid, the free form of vitamin C, is a powerful urinary tract bactericide. By increasing the acidity of the urine, urinary tract infections can be curtailed. Vitamin C is also an essential part of glandular fever treatment
- Eat lots of garlic and parsley which act as antibacterials and diuretics. These foods are also good for glandular fever treatment.
- If after a few the UTI has not improved, then antibiotics could be considered. It is worthwhile getting a urine sample tested to confirm there is a bacterial infection. During glandular fever treatment, be aware that antibiotics can sometimes trigger a skin rash.
- Do not delay emptying the bladder – you need to urinate every two to three hours, and always after intercourse.
- For women, always wipe yourself from front to back after urination or emptying your bowels.
- Wear cotton underwear and avoid pantihose.
- If prone to infections consume lots of natural diuretics like celery, parsley, watermelon, dandelion tea, vegetable juices and salads.
- Herbs like echinacea and olive leaf are good preventatives. These are also great immune boosters for glandular fever treatment.
There is a lot that natural therapies can offer for the prevention and treatment of UTIs. For further information on natural glandular fever treatment and how to avoid secondary conditions like urinary tract infections please refer to the e-book “Nature’s Amazing Mononucleosis Cures” by qualified naturopath Elizabeth Noble.
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