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Cystitis Causes, Symptoms and Treatment

Woman suffering from cystitis

Cystitis is a very common infection of the bladder. Many people, mainly women but also some men, suffer from cystitis at some point in their lives. Cystitis manifests itself as a frequent need to urinate, and urinating can be very painful.

Causes of Cystitis
The main cause of cystitis is a bacterial infection that is caused by residual urine in the bladder if the bladder is not fully emptied.

This is why cystitis is more common in women who are pregnant or those who have blockages in the urinary system, as it is harder for those to tell whether or not the bladder has been fully emptied. Another reason as to why cystitis can also be caused is by wearing clothing that is too tight or by damage that has been done to the bladder or urinary tract, for example during post operative catheter removal.

Honeymoon cystitis generally starts following intercourse and most women will suffer from honeymoon cystitis several times during their lives. Although it is not clear why, honeymoon cystitis seems to be caused by frequent and prolonged intercourse. It is believed that some damage to the urinary tract can be done due to this, particularly when insufficient lubrication is being used.

Cystitis Diagnosis and Cystitis Treatment
Cystitis is generally diagnosed through tests on a urine sample, although further tests can be recommended for those who have recurrent cystitis. There are several ways of treating cystitis. In a mild infection, drinking plenty of water and using over the counter painkillers should relieve the symptoms of cystitis. In prolonged or severe infections, however, antibiotics may be necessary. During cystitis, it is recommended to refrain from having intercourse, as this can worsen the symptoms of cystitis.

Cystitis Complications
As with all illnesses, complications can occur in rare cases. The reasons for cystitis complications are generally related to recurrent episodes of cystitis, in which case the diagnosis would be interstitial cystitis, which means cystitis will be very recurrent. Interstitial cystitis can be treated with medication and bladder manipulation or even surgery if necessary.

Cystitis is a common, but very painful condition caused by bacteria. It is most often found in women. In fact, over 90% of those who suffer from interstitial cystitis are women. Unfortunately, cystitis is often recurrent, and many of those who suffer from interstitial cystitis turn to homeopathic treatments to help alleviate the symptoms, cranberries being a treatment of choice for many.

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