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Chronic UTI's may not be due to infection. Interstitial Cystitis, a non-bacterial form affecting one in 20 women (usually menopausal) with bladder infections, called "migraine of the bladder", because many of the same things that either trigger or benefit migraine headaches affect Interstitial Cystitis the same way. It seems to be an auto-immune disease, resulting from low immune strength. Attend to healing immediately, because of the great pain, and because the bladder can shrink to a size where it will only hold 1 or 2 ounces. A natural approach is best. This type of infection is normally antibiotic resistant and may be aggravated by drug treatment. Some can actually attack the bladder lining when there is no infection to attack. The active chemical in many spermicidal creams and foams, nonxynol-9, increase the risk of all types of cystitis.

Do not wear tampons if you have recurring cystitis.

Cranberry juice is not beneficial for Interstitial Cystitis. Take veggie drinks and carrot juice instead during acute stages, and as a preventative. Begin drinking water immediately when you feel an infection coming on. Cleanse the bladder with watermelon juice or watermelon seed tea. Strengthen them with well cooked beans and sea greens.

Avoid Triggers: Aged protein foods like; yogurt, pickled herring, preserved or smoked meats, cheese, yeast breads, sauerkraut, citrus fruits and red wine until condition normalizes. Avoid acid forming foods: coffee, black teas, colas, chocolates, tomatoes, spicy foods, and additives like NutraSweet.

Increase leafy greens and high fiber foods. Supplements you can include: http://www.holistichealthhouston.com/Bladder_s/147.htm