Originally Posted by Florida_rosbif View Post
A man so clearly not an expert, but isn't cranberry juice the silver bullet for such issues?
Probably not cranberry juice. Most of it is full of sugar and sugar will make things worse. Only unsweetened cranberry juice will help and that may be impossible to find.
It's been a while since I heard about them, but there are some kind of pills that health food stores sell that are supposed to render the lining of the bladder unsusceptible to infection somehow. Not cranberry pills but something else. Sorry I don't remember any details. Mannitol maybe???? Mannose? Something like that I think??
It's called D-Mannose and is much more concentrated and effective than drinking cranberry juice. I recommend taking a lot of these; like two every couple hours. I have not used this brand, but there are 300 in the package and you will need to have plenty on hand. Personally I'd take at least eight per day. Two before bed and two when you wake up, plus at least four more during the day. This needs to be knocked out. https://smile.amazon.com/BulkSupplem...+mannose&psc=1
The problem is probably related to having too much sugar in your body. This would include eating too much grain. Remove all soda, candy, ice cream, anything with added sugar. Cut way back on grains; I'd say one serving per day is plenty. Drink plenty of water. Herbal tea is fine. No juice, as it's too sugary.
Taking antibiotics has risks of its own. I recommend getting the microbial balance corrected in your system. I'd recommend buying raw, live sauerkraut if you can find it. If you can't find it packaged, I'd make some at home. You might also try kombucha, but not kombucha post fermentation sugar added. All kombucha is made with sugar, but the scoby digests the sugar in the fermentation process. Commercially produced kombucha may have more sugar added after fermentation. The kombucha has live microorganisms in it that are good for the body's microbiome.
Stay away from yogurt if you're trying to balance your microbiome.
If you're interested in learning more about the microbiome, check out my article giving an overview: Probiotics: Secret Army of the Immune System | The Feminine Review: Homemaking, Family and the World
I agree with the others who are saying that you are probably irritating the area more by so much washing, especially with antibacterial soaps. I would never put those on my body. Quite frankly, rinsing with water may be your best option. Use the spray on your shower and rinse.
Also I really hate to say this, but while you are treating it, no sex until all your symptoms are gone.