Coconut Oil for a Urinary Tract Infection

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Urinary tract infections can occur at any age. They happen more to women than men however. A modern medical approach to treating a UTI is with antibiotics, however, you may find some relief from your symptoms when consuming coconut oil. This home remedy should never be used to replace modern medical treatment and always consult your doctor before using coconut milk to treat a UTI.

Identification

A urinary tract infection is an infection of the urinary system. Your urinary system is made up of your kidneys, ureters, bladder and urethra. Any part of your urinary system can become infected but most UTIs tend to be in the lower area consisting of the bladder and urethra. Typically, antibiotics are prescribed to treat such an infection.

Symptoms

According to MayoClinic.com, symptoms of a urinary infection include persistent urge to urinate, burning sensation when urinating, a cloudy appearance to your urine and abdominal pain. If you experience any of these symptoms, notify your physician. He may want to run tests to rule out any other possibilities and to discuss treatment of your urinary tract infection.

Treatment

According to Coconut Oil Central, coconut oil is rich in medium chain fatty acids, which fight bacteria. When consumed, it may be able to protect the kidneys and bladder from infection due to its antimicrobial benefits. It also suggests consuming 3.5 tbsp. of coconut oil and drinking 6 to 8 glasses of water per day for maximum benefits. This method of treating a UTI may or may not be helpful in reducing the symptoms. Talk to your health care provider about incorporating coconut oil into your diet before consumption.

Benefits

Coconut oil is naturally occurring and rich in antimicrobial which are thought to assist in the prevention of infection. You may notice a change in the symptoms associated with a UTI while consuming coconut oil on a regular basis. Very few studies have been preformed in the United States on this oil's benefits. Alternative options such as this should never be considered a cure for any ailment.

Warnings

If you experience severe abdominal pain or notice that your urine has a pink or brown coloration, contact your doctor. The pain may be associated with a more serious condition and the change in urine color could indicate blood in your urine. If you are allergic to coconut or any of its byproducts, do not use it for treating UTIs.

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