What is Cystitis?: Cystitis (commonly called a urinary tract infection or UTI) is an infection of the bladder causing moderate to severe pain. As with all infections, inflammation and irritation are common and worsen as time goes on. If you wait too long to have the problem checked out, the bacteria can move on to the kidneys; this is very dangerous and may lead to death.
Affecting Men and Women
While we all know women can get urinary tract infections, men can get them as well; although they are not as common. The reason for this is because a man’s urethra is much longer so it’s harder for bacteria to get inside. A woman’s is very short, allowing easy access for all kinds of bacteria to enter.
Cystitis is commonly caused my sexual intercourse, prescribed medications, feminine hygiene products, and various health problems that lower the body’s immune system. (A lot of people who are going through Chemotherapy will experience UTIs)
There are a few things that are a pretty good clue that you most likely are experiencing Cystitis; if you are going to the bathroom very often or feel like you have to but when you try, not much urine comes out. Burning while urinating is a very common symptom as well as blood in your urine and very strong smelling urine. These things are commonly experienced with pain.
How To Get Rid Of Cystitis? – Treatment and Prevention
If you think you have Cystitis, it is important to talk to your doctor as soon as possible. The longer you wait, the more painful it will become. Your doctor will be able to figure out what type of UTI you are experiencing and prescribe you the proper medication.
While you are waiting for those doctors appointments, there are a few things you can do to alleviate your symptoms a bit. In general, these are great things that you could do on a regular basis in an attempt to prevent future infections:
- Drink plenty of water. Any fluid is fine but water is the best as it flushes your entire system. This will help get the bacteria moving along and out of your body faster.
- Avoid things that are going to irritate your bladder; caffeine, or high citrus drinks. At this point, your bladder is very inflamed; this is why I would recommend sticking with water just to play it safe and avoid unnecessary discomfort.
If you have to go to the bathroom, do not hold it. The bacteria that is within urine needs to leave your body as soon as possible, holding it too long can lead to an infection. After you have urinated it is very important to always wipe yourself “front to back” because you do not want any type of bacteria from fecal matter getting near that front part of your body. Remember, bacteria can get inside fairly easily in women.
Staying clean overall is a very good way to prevent future breakouts. Try to avoid using scented products near your private areas as they can irritate and throw off your natural pH balance and bath on a regular basis.