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How to Protect Yourself from Cystitis

Cystitis is one of the most common illnesses which affect women. It is caused in the majority of the cases by a urine infection. A woman who suffers of cystitis will experience pain when passing urine. An additional problem of the illness is the fact that they feel the need to pass urine very often.

Some women have blood in their urine because of the illness, others will experience pain in the lower abdomen, and others will have fever. There are women who experience all of these symptoms together.

What Causes Cystitis?

The majority of the urine infections are caused by germs that come from a person’s own bowel. Some of these bacteria will lie around the anus after the defecation, and in some of the cases, they can travel to the urethra and then in the bladder.

Once in the bladder, the bacteria multiply very quickly, and infection occurs. Many believe that only women can suffer of cystitis, but men can develop the illness as well. However, it is much more common in women, because their urethra is much shorter than the one of men, and it opens very close to the anus.

Pregnant women, sexually active ones, and the ones who have diabetes have the highest chances of suffering of cystitis.

There are other conditions which cause symptoms similar to the ones caused by cystitis. For example, certain soaps or deodorants could irritate the genital area, and thus pain will occur during urination.

The doctor can easily find out if you have cystitis, by performing a dipstick test on urine sample.

This test will detect if certain bacteria are present in the urine. In the majority of the cases, it is the only test needed to identify cystitis. Urine sample could also be sent to the laboratory in order to find the exact bacterium which causes the infection.

Protect Yourself from Cystitis

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Cystitis Will Go Away on Its Own

In the majority of the cases, cystitis will go away on its own in time. Usually, the immune system will take care of the illness on its own. The condition can be gone in a few days, without the requirement of medication.

However, there are cases when it can last for weeks when medication is not taken.

If that happens, one should take antibiotics, for at least three days. The main advantage of using antibiotics in order to take care of this problem is the fact that the symptoms start to improve within one day after they were taken, and in two days they could be completely gone.

There are cases when the doctor will prescribe antibiotics, but will recommend using them only if the symptoms do not go away on their own.

Many say that drinking lots of water helps, but this has not been proven. In fact, doctors do not recommend this, because it will only make you go to the toilet more often, which will make it even more painful. It is very important to go to the doctor in case the symptoms do not go away in a week, and you start to develop fever.

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