Cystitis / Urinary Tract Infection (UTI)

Cystitis is very common in women. It is a urine infection in the bladder. The usual treatment includes a short course of antibiotic. In most of the cases, this condition clears without any complications.


  • Usually caused by infection in the urine
  • Can be treated with antibiotics


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UTI

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DescriptionCausesTypes of treatmentQuestions and answers

Cystitis is a urinary tract infection in women. It is a very common condition. Occasionally, it may improve without any medicine. However, a short of antibiotics is all it takes to clear the infection. In most cases, no complications are seen. Cystitis is also termed as inflammation of the bladder. It is usually caused by a urine infection.


Mostly, such infections are due to germs that come from your bowel. These travel to the back passage and some lie around the area. These bacteria can sometimes move to the tube from the bladder that passes urine. Some multiply quickly to cause an infection in the bladder.


Common symptoms associated with cystitis are:


  • Fever
  • Tiredness
  • Feeling sick
  • Blood in the urine
  • Frequent urination
  • Pain while passing urine
  • Burning or stinging sensation while urinating
  • Discomfort in the lower abdomen


Cystitis is more likely to affect women. This is because the tube that passes out urine from their bladder is shorter and opens close to the back passage. However, there are many other causes of cystitis. These include:


  • Pregnancy
  • Having diabetes mellitus
  • Being sexually active
  • Having a catheter in the bladder
  • Problems in kidney, bladder, or urinary system
  • Weak immune system
  • Using spermicide with contraception
  • Menopause (After Menopause, the changes in the tissues of the vagina and the bladder make it harder for them to defend against such infections)


Avoid using soaps, deodorants, bubble baths, etc. which can cause irritation and pain in your genital areas. Drinking plenty of liquid can also flush out the bladder which is good.


Treatments related to cystitis may include:


No Treatment

This can be advised if the symptoms are mild or you are pregnant. The infection can be cleared by your immune system. In a few days, the symptoms may disappear. However, it may take longer than a usual treatment.


Antibiotics

A short course of 3-5 days of an antibiotic medicine is a common treatment in most cases. The antibiotics can be trimethoprim or nitrofurantoin. After starting the treatment, symptoms start improving within a day or two. However, it is recommended that you complete the course.


Painkillers

Paracetamols or ibuprofen can be used to ease out the pain and discomfort caused due to the infection. This also reduces fever.



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Who can have cystitis?

It is more common in women than in men.


What is cystitis?

It is a urine infection in the bladder. In other words, it is inflammation of the bladder which is usually caused by a urine infection.


Is cystitis a serious medical condition?

NO. It is not a serious condition. If the infection is mild, it can clear by itself without any treatment.


What are the common symptoms of cystitis?

Frequent urination, burning sensation while urinating, blood in the urine, pain and discomfort, and fever could be the possible symptoms of cystitis.



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