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Urinary Tract Infection , Cystitis

A urinary tract infection, also called a UTI, is an infection of the bladder. The bladder holds urine produced by the kidneys.

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Female Pelvic Organs

1. urinary Bladder
2. Uterus
3. Colon
4. Urethra

urinary Function

The bladder and the urine it holds are normally free from bacteria and other organisms. A urinary tract infection occurs when organisms are introduced into the bladder. Bacteria from the skin may enter through the urethra. The urethra is the tube that carries urine from the bladder to the outside of the body. Organisms can also enter the bladder on urinary catheters.

Bacteria in the bladder are usually flushed out when the person urinates. If bacteria multiply faster than they can be removed, a UTI results.

UTIs are more common in women than in men. Women have a shorter urethra which allows easier access for bacteria.

Causes and Risks

The most common cause of a UTI is a bacteria called E. coli. These bacteria are normally present in the bowel and feces. They can be introduced into the bladder by sexual activity.

Following are some of the risk factors for developing a UTI:

  • advanced age
  • bladder abnormalities
  • blockage of the urethra by a tumor or enlarged prostate
  • diabetes
  • impaired bladder function
  • inadequate fluid intake
  • objects inserted into the bladder, such as a urinary catheter
  • poor hygiene
  • pregnancy

Cystitis is an inflammation of the urinary bladder or urethra. In most cases, cystitis is caused by a bacterial infection and is commonly referred to as a "urinary tract infection."

Cystitis is usually caused when bacteria enter the urethra and bladder and cause inflammation and infection. It is a very common condition. After infancy, urinary tract infections occur more often in females because their urethra is shorter and closer to the anus.

During childhood, about 1% of boys and up to 5% of girls will develop urinary tract infections. In boys the peak age is before the first birthday. urinary tract infections are much more common among uncircumcised boys. In girls, the peak age for first infections is 3 years, overlapping with the toilet training period.

Because cystitis in children can be promoted by abnormalities in the urinary tract, children with cystitis (especially those under age 5) deserve special follow-up to prevent later kidney damage.

The risk of cystitis is higher when the bladder or urethra becomes blocked, and the flow of urine stops. It can also occur when instruments are inserted into the urinary tract (such as during catheterization or cystoscopy. Other risks include pregnancy, diabetes, and a history of analgesic nephropathy or reflux nephropathy.

Over 90% of cases of cystitis are caused by E. coli, a bacterium normally found in the intestine. Normally, the urethra and bladder have no bacteria. Bacteria that manage to enter the bladder are usually removed during Urination. But if bacteria remain in the bladder, they grow easily and quickly and result in infection.

Sexual intercourse can increase the risk of urinary tract infections in women because bacteria can be introduced into the bladder through the urethra.

Older adults are at high risk for developing cystitis, with the incidence in the elderly being as high as 33 out of 100 people. They are at increased risk for developing urinary tract infections due primarily to incomplete emptying of the bladder associated with such conditions as benign prostatic hyperplasia (BPH), prostatitis, and urethral strictures.

Also, lack of adequate fluids, bowel incontinence, immobility or decreased mobility, indwelling urinary catheters and placement in a nursing home, all place the person at increased risk for developing cystitis.

Related disorders include:

  • Cystitis - acute bacterial
  • Cystitis - noninfectious (acute urethral syndrome)
  • Cystitis - recurrent (repeated bladder infections)
  • urinary tract infection - chronic or recurrent
  • urinary tract infection - complicated (pyelonephritis)
  • Vesicoureteral reflux

Prevention

Appropriate hygiene and cleanliness of the genital area may help reduce the chances of introducing bacteria through the urethra. The genitals should be cleaned and wiped from front to back to reduce the chance of dragging E. coli bacteria from the rectal area to the urethra.

For those who are prone to urinary tract infections, it may help to drink plenty of fluids, because frequent Urination flushes bacteria out the bladder. Urinating immediately after sexual intercourse may help flush out bacteria that may have been introduced with intercourse.

Signs and tests

Tests generally include taking a urine sample:

  • A urinalysis commonly reveals white blood cells (WBC) or red blood cells (see also RBC - urine).
  • A urine culture (clean catch) or catheterized urine specimen may be performed to determine the type of bacteria in the urine and the appropriate antibiotic for treatment.

Symptoms

  • Pressure in the lower pelvis
  • Foul or strong urine odor
  • Urination, painful (dysuria)
  • Frequent need to urinate (frequency)
  • Need to urinate at night
  • Abnormal urine color (cloudy urine)
  • Blood in the urine (hematuria)
  • Urgent need to urinate (urgency)
  • Young children with urinary tract infections may only have a fever, or even no symptoms at all.

Additional symptoms that may be associated with this disease:

  • Sexual intercourse, painful
  • Fever
  • Penis pain
  • Flank pain
  • Fatigue
  • Vomiting
  • Chills
  • Mental changes or confusion (Note: in elderly people, mental changes or confusion often are the only signs of a possible urinary tract infection.)

TESTING IN CHILDREN

Because many children with cystitis have urinary tracts that predispose them to infections, because these infections are usually preventable, and because the long-term consequences of repeated urinary tract infections in children can be severe, many children with cystitis need special imaging studies to determine why they got their urinary tract infections.

These studies usually include both an ultrasound of the kidneys and an x-ray taken during Urination (called a voiding cystourethrogram or VCUG).

Most experts recommend this evaluation for:

  • Girls over age 5 with 2 or more urinary tract infections
  • All boys with their first urinary tract infection
  • All children with a fever with their urinary tract infection
  • All children under age 5 with their first urinary tract infection

For a girl's first urinary tract infection, recommendations vary on when a complete evaluation is necessary.

In young girls, recurrent urinary tract infections may be an indication of a urinary tract abnormality, such as vesicoureteral reflux, and should be evaluated by a medical care provider.

In boys, a single urinary tract infection indicates the necessity for evaluation, because urinary tract infections in boys are extremely uncommon in the absence of urinary tract abnormalities.


Opinion 1 

I had chronic bladder infections for over 20 years. Each summer the bladder infection would get so bad that I would have to take antibiotics. And I called the health food store for a suggestion and they suggested colloidal silver. It was very expensive at around $20 for 4 ounces, but it worked. I knew I never wanted to be without it because if you've ever had a bladder infection, it is very painful. So my husband and I researched how to make it. We wanted everyone to be able to have this great product. Now I take it every day to prevent infection. I wouldn't be without it!

Denise


Opinion 2
I have been on advanced colloidal silver since November 2002 and have not had a bladder infection since that time. Up until I started the silver I was having bladder infections every two or three months. What a relief. I take one teaspoon every day. I didn't get the flu this year either. Usually I get so sick with the flu and it takes up to six weeks for me to get completely over it. I had just a touch of a cold but it only lasted for a week as I doubled my dose of silver.

I also have developed an extremely dry scalp even though I have very oily hair. I spray the silver onto my scalp and it gives me total relief.

Thank you so much for your product. I know God has given you a real treasure in this ministry. God bless you both.

Most sincerely,
Betty

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Opinion 3
I have suffered for 18 years from recurrent bladder infections, and I am so sick of having to rely on antibiotics time and time again. Having found no relief from any other natural remedies, I am so relieved at last to have stumbled across such a wonderful product. And to think it has been there all this time, I wonder why it took so long to come across it. My older sister actually put me onto it, when she posted me a bottle only about 3 weeks ago. Her boyfriend was seriously burned as a child and the Dr's used the colloidal silver to treat him, and with great success.

Colleen Jones


Opinion 4
I have had many bladder infections over the last 15 years. In the last couple of years they became more frequent. I had surgery in April for a puitary tumor. In July I was diagnosed with Chronic Leukemia B. I was
running to the doctor about every two weeks to have my urine checked. I took a variety of antibiotics over the last year including Ciprofloxacin, Levaquin and others. I was also on a daily maintenance antibiotic. In late August I decided to try Colloidal silver. In September I went to my  appointment with my regular urologist. He said that my urine test was the best ever. I told him what I had taken and that I would like to go off the daily maintenance antibiotic and try the CS. He said, "Give it a try and let me know how it works." About 10 days later I went to the Cancer Center to have my blood checked and the white cell count was normal. I told the doctor what I had taken and he dismissed it as quackery. He told me to come back in 8 months. He seemed to think that I didn't have Leukemia. What can I say? My last bladder infection was in early August![2001] I take CS when I get that burning sensation.

Bernadette


Opinion 5
Hello,
My name is Melody Nail and I've been buying the silver and gold for a few months now. I started taking the silver when I read the testimonials about it helping Hep C, which I have. Well, I guess I have the virus, but no symptoms according to the doctors. Even though I'm tired a lot, they blame it on getting older, no exercise, depression, sleeping disorders, menopause, and on and on. Anyway I have a lot more energy after taking the silver and a lot more will power since taking the gold. My mother has had a bout with a bladder infection for about a year. I finally asked to go with her to her doctor to talk to him about why it keeps coming back. Their answer was that that is what some older people have to put up with and to just take sulphur when she would feel it coming on. I couldn't believe it. I told my mom that I would get on the internet to try and find out how to help her. I had forgotten about the testimonials about bladder infections. When I did and search for bladder infections, your site came up again, just like when I did a search for Hep C. I can't thank you enough for posting all the testimonials and information you have. My family thinks I'm a little weird (sometimes a lot weird) because of all the things I've tried for my Hep C, so I thought I might have a hard time convincing my mom to try it. Well, the sulphur wasn't helping her at all this time, so she was feeling very sick and very desperate. She was ready to try anything. She took some late that afternoon and was feeling better by that night. I can tell you she's a believer now!!! I printed out the testimonials and other info from your website and took it over to her. She has had some kind of fungus underneath her toenails forever, so she tried it on that.....it has cleared up. She's just ecstatic about it. She even asked me if she could try the gold!! I take the silver and swish it around in my mouth and swallow it. My dentist asked if I had started using the fuzzy side of the toothbrush, because he didn't have to scrape at my teeth to get them clean. I can't sing the praises for silver and gold enough!! 

Thanks so much for your products,
Melody

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Opinion 6
I have always suffered yeast and bladder infections since I was 18 just like my mother. Whenever I went for my yearly exam they'd find a yeast infection and give me the yeast creams. These yeast infections never bothered me at all. I now have a liver problem and now diabetes. Well now the yeast infections were unbearable. I was buying over the counter medicines every other month with only a little relief. I have been taking milk thistle for my liver and it has been great so I started searching the web for an herbal cure for my yeast infections and read about your CS. Well I used it topically and started drinking 2 tbl. sp. a day. That was over a year ago and I have had no infection since. What a relief! All I can say is if there are any women out there suffering yeast infections, especially if you are diabetic, you need to try this. It is the only thing I found that really works. I also have noticed I do not get sick all the time like I use to.

If I do catch something I start taking extra CS and it isn't quite as severe or it goes away before I actually catch whatever is going around. This is great for anyone with diabetes since we can actually die from getting real sick. It is also an added bonus to help my liver. My liver disease is incurable and untreatable according to the doctors. Well I'm not on pain killers yet and my liver count is almost normal. I know I don't eat right but my herbal stuff seems to keep me from getting sick. My skin is also looking good. Thank you for everything and I know I'll keep using CS till I die and I have a lot of other people using it and I'll keep spreading the word.

Theresa in Alaska


Opinion 7
Here's another genuine and true testimonial from a one time customer. Don't worry, I just haven't run out yet! I bought three of your bottles after doing considerable research on the colloidal silver debate. I found your explanations behind the science of how it works to be some of the best on the net. I was impressed with the lab tested and photographed particles size which is apparently so important. This is really what separates the good from the ineffective. I bought your cheaper grade (ions versus particles) since I was intending to use it to purify water. You may remember my emailing you a question about how much to use. I went on a "tourist" trip to China last summer with a large group from an area church. I took one of the bottles with me just in case. Everyone told me not to drink the water and not to eat the food. Guess what, you die if don't drink water and eat food. At least you will get sick and weak. I figured it was starve and be dehydrated constantly, or take a chance and risk being sick anyway. I ate a lot of bad food and drank a lot of bad water. I got all the symptoms of a bladder infection one morning.

That day, I drank the same bad water like I had before, only I poured in some of the colloidal silver with it every time I filled my canteen. Now I have no idea how soon I would have gotten over that infection on my own having never had this type of infection before. Here's the fact. I never had a symptom of it throughout that day or ever again! I know this is kind of long, but I have to tell the other good part. I have been a sucker for throat and nose and ear infections my whole life. I am 26 years old, and without fail since I can remember, I normally get the sore throat thing twice a year. It eventually goes to sinuses, ears, and lungs without fail. Symptoms last about a month. I was surprised when a doctor looked at my ears once, commenting that my eardrums are scarred clear across several times, and wondered if I ever got ear infections. I told him sure, twice a year. He said I had better get a handle on it then, if I wanted to keep my hearing much longer. Several times in the last year, I have started coming down with something, and took some of the CS once or twice. I've never been sick from more than a year ago. This does have the disadvantage of making my sick leave build up with no reason to take it. Gladly, I'll take that disadvantage. And I have only been taking the lesser quality of the CS offered. Apparently there is a high enough percentage of particles versus ions to do some good. Thanks for your products, and at such reasonable prices! I will have to get some of the advanced CS sometime. I have no doubt it would do the trick for years.

Because of Christ
Joseph

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Opinion 8
Howdy from AZ, where I am feeling ten years younger. I found Colloidal Silver after four bouts of bladder infections, after starting a career in truck driving. I was having such luck staying healthy of breathing problems, that when I began to get the bladder infections, I just got plain mad after four times, of course with the accompanying side effects of antibiotics. When the doctor said, "Next time I refer you to a specialist", I took action and just typed in "bladder infections" and up came Colloidal Silver. I was sobbing at the end of the testimonials and the Free Gift at the end, since I am a Christian too. I have been free of the bladder infections, with two exceptions of mild flare-up when I wasn't drinking water hardly at all. (You don't do that in the desert, especially if you are under stress). So, back on the water, one extra dose a day of the silver, and next day, boom right back to old self again! I praise God and Colloidal Silver for this miracle. When my fourteen year old son or I get a sore throat, we know to just put a half dropper full in our throat, and we will be ok.

Hurray, hurray for the colloidal silver.
Jill n Westley


Opinion 9
Just wanted to thank you for your order of Colloidal Silver. I had a terrible infection when I got the silver and I felt immediate relief! I've been praying for a cure for these infections and just gave it to the Lord. Then one day the Holy Spirit told me to look up Colloidal Silver (which I've never heard of before and knew nothing of it) and I found your site. I've been getting bladder infections for over 10 years. I would have to go to the doctor every month to get antibiotics. He never advised me that I should be taking anything to build up my natural immunities which I am now taking also.

I know that I've found my miracle cure especially since it was sent by God.

I've also put my husband on this immediately since he has Graves Disease, an immune illness.

Thank you and God Bless!
Chris Alanis Leon


Opinion 10
Let me just start by saying I am a true non-believer in everything- I do not believe in holistic, natural, or any other non-standard medicines- I don't even believe in vitamins! With that said, here is my story- I have suffered with bladder infections (uti's) for all of my life. I get three to four a year. My doctor had me scheduled to see a specialist. Needless to say I had become immune to all of the antibiotics. I was searching the net looking for the preventive medicine clinic trials that I had heard about when I found this silver site. I mentioned it laughingly to my husband- he said for $20.00 you ought to order some just for the heck of it. On a whim I did. The box came and I didn't even open it, I put it on a shelf. About a month later I got an infection (I have home lab tests that confirmed, twice, -  the real lab tests not the cheap ones). My car had, of course, broken down two days before and my husband could not get home early enough to get me to the doctor. The doctor said she could not prescribe without their labs because I was immune to everything. I was not up for a five hour wait SITTING in the ER. My husband reminded me of the silver. I took it just to prove to him it wouldn't work. I took 2 tablespoons every 3 hours (yes, this is a lot, but as I said I get them BAD). I was feeling better by the next day but I was sure it was from the phenyl zopridine that I had on hand (this only lessens the symptoms of a uti- basically it numbs you so you can leave the bathroom for more than 5 minutes.) it does nothing to cure the infection. I drank no water or cranberry juice- the flushing trick doesn't work on me. By the end of the next day my husband got off early enough to take me to the doctor where they ran the usual labs. My labs came back negative. I was shocked to say the least. I haven't had one in 6 months- and this is summer in CA. I take the silver about every other day (2 tbsp). As I said, I am not a believer type person- but lab tests were all the proof I needed. I am actually planning a vacation with my family- before silver, this would have been a nightmare- traveling always induced an infection. As a cure all- I don't know, but if only for my uti's, it has changed my life.

Thank you just isn't enough.

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Opinion 11
Colloidal silver has really helped my bladder infections. I take two tablespoons a day to keep them away. I tried going to the doctor for antibiotics, but as soon as I stopped taking them my bladder infection came back. I feel so much better now that I'm taking the Colloidal sliver and it's cheaper too than the antibiotics. I'd recommend it to anyone.

Thanks,
Dorie Thurston


Opinion 12
Just discovered Colloidal Silver a month ago. Would like to give a testimonial but am not sure if this is the place to do so. If so, here goes. My mother is 78 years old and has numerous health problems, heart, diabetes, etc. and suffers terribly from frequent bladder infections. This last infection started in June, 02 and after 4 stays in the hospital, numerous different antibiotics, was still in constant pain and full of infection. While surfing the web looking for information on help for bladder infections, I came across an ad for Colloidal Silver. I figured, what can it hurt? even if it doesn't help. I purchased a small bottle (2 oz) at our local health store and immediately started Mom taking it. After only two teaspoons (one a day) mom had to go back to the hospital (unrelated problem). At that time, they did a urine culture and said that was the first time since the infection started in June (almost 5 months) that they had been able to get a sample of what bacteria was involved because it had been staying in the bladder (prolapsed). They sent mom home on a different antibiotic (which cost almost $200.00) for 10 days. I decided to not fill the prescription and continue with the silver until our next doctor visit in a week. The results were amazing. The urine culture came back completely clear... no trace of any infection. Mom had been in a wheelchair because of weakness and arthritis. She is now walking without any aid and is even cooking and cleaning again. My nephew has been on antibiotics for an inner ear infection and was staying so dizzy that he could not drive his car to go to work. I took some of the silver to him and after one time of drops in his ear and taking it orally he has not had one dizzy spell. My husband and I are now taking it for allergies and can already tell a difference. I work at a college and am sharing the information not only with family but with co-workers as well. My husband and I are thinking of purchasing a generator and making our own.

Karen


Opinion 13
Dear Utopia, Just a note to let you know that I enjoy your updated testimonials each time I get one. I continue to tell people what it's done for me. I've been cured of a sinus infection, my daughter has been cured of a re-occurring bladder infection that antibiotics couldn't get rid of.
Jacki


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