Nitrates in Urine
Causes and Treatment
The majority of women know what “nitrates in urine” mean. To them it means that they are yet another doctor appointment. UTI’s, urinary tract infection will almost always be the diagnosis. It is frustrating and uncomfortable. A known fact is that 20% of women will get an urinary tract infection in their lifetime. Men can also get this but it is very rare.
In normal conditions urine is sterile. It contains fluids, salt and waste products usually bacteria free. In most cases the bacteria is caused by Escherichia coli(E coli). This is naturally found in the colon, stomach, around the anus and in stool.
The causes of nitrates are very little. Bacteria is the major one. This forms in the urethra and travels to the bladder. It attaches to the walls of the bladder and then multiplies. This occurs in the lower urinary tract or the arthritis, which can be associated with sexually transmitted diseases. It can occur in the upper potion of the urinary tract called pyelonephritis. These are often more complicated and may require more advanced methods of diagnosing and aggressive treatments.
Often a painful burning sensation with a frequent urge to urinate. The urine can be cloudy, dark, bloody and carry an order. Some low back, abdominal or side pain can occur. Chills and a fever can also be present.
Once the symptoms are present the diagnosis can be confirmed by testing the presence of nitrates in the urine. The abnormal nitrate values usually mean UTI, but a bacterial infection is normally ruled out. Such as Salmonella, Citrobactor, Proteus and Clebsiulla. These may lead to further action taken testing for Leucocytes, pH balance, protein and blood or hemoglobin. The tests are run do to nitrates also related to many types of cancer, often bladder.
Some argue that nitrates are present in urine all the time. This may be true due to accumulations from vegetables as lettuce, spinach, carrots and beets. Though some plants do naturally contain nitrates researchers believe that the real danger is in the use of nitrates fertilizer in the growing of the vegetables. Generally either of those do not cause infections. Nitrates from the bacteria will not be filtered out of the body through the kidney’s.
A huge strength antibiotic such as Septra DS or Bactrim DS are prescribed. It is very important to complete the medication as prescribed by a doctor to prevent reoccurrence.
Some home remedies that have been used and some people live by.
The old standby is Cranberry juice alternated with water. Reports have been made that their symptoms were gone in 2 days, but continue for 3 more days to be sure its gone.
Others swear that all you need is water. It flushes the bacteria out of your system. Beware you have to drink lots of water!
Another sworn by method is a mixture of baking soda and water. One teaspoon to 8 ounces of water. Drink this concoction three times daily for 3 days or until the symptoms are gone. It has been said that the pain will subside within 24 hours.
The last one I may have to try myself out pure curiosity. This is a cocktail of Apple Cider Vinegar and water. Mix two to three teaspoons with water for 3 days. This is healthy for the body, it nourishes and kills germs.
The home remedies are easy and most everyone has these in their kitchen. Others will tell you that home try’s do not work. They go to a local drug store to purchase an over the counter remedy called Uristat. This is from the makers on Monistat. Beware of taking this because it does not cure the UTI or get rid of the nitrates. This is a pain reliever, pyridium. It is going to mask the symptoms. A side effect of taking Uristat is a bright neon orange appearance to urine. This stains under garments and can leave a ring in the toilet.
Although there has been many reports by women that the home remedies or over the counter drugs work miracles. Ultimately it is highly recommended that you see a doctor immediately. To insure the infection has gone away and there is nothing else more serious going on. The home remedies can defiantly be used as preventative medicine. There is nothing wrong with being safe and taking a pro active approach to your health care.