In order to cure a urinary tract infection, a patient is prescribed antibiotics by a medical professional, but it is possible to treat symptoms at home by increasing water intake, taking a pain-reliever and avoiding irritants, according to MedicineNet. Alcohol, coffee, spicy foods and smoking may exacerbate symptoms.
Drinking water dilutes urine and increases urination frequency, which flushes bacteria from the urinary tract, states Mayo Clinic. A person can prevent anal bacteria from entering the urethra by wiping from front to back after using the bathroom. Some birth control methods, such as diaphragms and spermicide-treated condoms, may contribute to bacterial growth. Urinating after sexual intercourse flushes bacteria from the urinary tract. Cranberry juice and supplements are not proven UTI prevention methods, notes Drugs.com.