Misconceptions: The Cure for UTIs? It’s Not Cranberries

Misconception: Drinking buckets of cranberry juice can cure, and even prevent bladder, infections. Actually: You may enjoy the taste (see: vodka) but it won’t cure and, probably, won’t prevent recurrence. This purported remedy is centuries old and there is a considerable amount of research investigating it. While some studies suggest that cranberry may reduce repeated infections in younger women, it is certainly not a treatment for an active case. The gold standard for treatment is antibiotics. Sometimes doctors just recommend rest and ibuprofen. “I was hoping it would work,” said Dr. Manisha Juthani-Mehta, an infectious disease specialist at the Yale…
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