Kidney infection or pyelonephritis is a urinary tract disease caused by bacteria like Escherichia coli (E. coli) and Enterococcus spp. People with kidney infection may experience a lot of discomforts including pains on the lower abdomen, sides, and back, as well as frequent and painful urination.
Kidney infection is usually treated using antibiotics such as Amoxicillin, Ciprofloxacin, and Bactrim (Note: Any use of a medicine must be with an advice of a doctor). But applying some home remedies can be particularly helpful in:
- preventing kidney infection;
- minimizing pain and discomforts;
- recovering from a kidney infection.
Here are simple-to-prepare home remedies for kidney infection:
Water – plenty of it
Water can be the safest and simplest home remedy for a kidney infection.
It can be obtained easily anytime, anywhere and does not require complex preparations. Just drink it as it is and it will help fight kidney infection or prevent the infection from getting worse.
Kidneys need the right amount of water to be able to function properly.
So when the kidneys get infected they may require a sufficient supply of water to remain functional and to flush out the bacteria in them. Traditionally, patients with kidney infection increased their water intake from 8 glasses to 10 glasses a day. But the National Kidney Foundation warns that damaged kidneys may not be able to expel water satisfactorily, so less water intake can be the best practice. To be safe, it is advisable to consult with a doctor first.
Hot compressor medically known as thermotherapy is a proven remedy for alleviating pains and discomforts. It is also a very simple home remedy in that it requires just a hot compress bag filled with warm or hot water. Although it cannot prevent the proliferation of infection-causing bacteria, a hot compress can ease malaise that patients with kidney infection may be experiencing. It can help soothe pains on the lower abdomen, on the sides, and on the back, which are a common symptom of kidney infection. However, it is important to note that hot compress alone cannot cure kidney infection. It should be applied along with a pharmacologic treatment such as taking antibiotics.
Tip: Create a homemade hot compress if a hot compress bag is not available. For example, prepare a washcloth compress or replace the hot compress bag with a safe-to-use bottle or plastic container.
Below is a step-by-step procedure on how to create a washcloth hot compress:
How to make a washcloth hot compress
What you need:
- Resealable plastic bag
- Microwave or bowl filled with hot water (for heating)
How to do it:
- Moisten the washcloth with water.
- Fold it neatly and then put inside a resealable plastic bag.
- Put in the microwave for a minute OR submerge in a bowl filled with hot water.
- Safely remove the plastic bag from the microwave oven or the bowl using a thong.
- Cover the plastic bag with a clean towel.
- Wrap or apply the washcloth hot compress on the area that is painful.
Like water, juices can help cleanse the kidney by flushing out the bacteria that are damaging it. Juices also contain an array of nutrients that can enable the body to fight kidney infection and recuperate faster from it. For one, parsley juice can help boost urine and water flow because parsley (Petroselinum crispum) is a proven diuretic.
Cranberry juice, on the other hand, can be a good source of Vitamin C and fibers,
which are also helpful in fighting infections. Further, juices can be very simple to prepare. Cranberry juice is usually commercially available, while parsley juice can be prepared by simply boiling a few parsley leaves.
Important: Ask a doctor for the possible effects of juices on medications.