Cystitis, Incontinence, Urinary tract infection

Are you always getting Cystitis

Cystitis, sometimes called Urinary Tract Infection or UTI is fairly common in men and women of any age, UTI can be a debilitating condition for some. Overwhelming urine frequency and lack of control is an emotional issue for most who suffer from it. This is most common among people with professions that have strict limits on when restroom breaks are allowed such as a teacher whose students cannot be left unattended or a security guard who isn’t able to leave their post until strictly scheduled break times.

What is Cystitis?

The medical term Cystitis refers to inflammation of the bladder. Often caused by a bacterial infection then called a urinary tract infection. The infection can be tremendously painful and inconvenient for the person infected. Cystitis can also be caused by a reaction to some drugs, radiation therapy or possible irritants like spermicidal lubricants, feminine hygiene spray or catheter use over a long period of time; Cystitis may also occur as a latent effect of another illness. If the infection spreads to the kidneys it can become a severe health issue.

Symptoms of Cystitis

Symptoms of Cystitis are fairly standard and won’t easily go unnoticed. The most common symptoms include; immediate, insistent compulsion to urinate - Incontinence – small amounts of urine leakage – cloudy or pungent urine passing – feeling of building pressure in the lower abdomen – a sharp burning feeling when urinating – passing blood in the urine – a feeling of distress in the pelvis - a low grade fever. New occurrences of accidental wetting during the day may be a sign of Cystitis in younger children, wetting the bed on its own is not reason to suspect Cystitis. If nausea and vomiting, pain in the back or side occur, or if fever and chills are experienced, seek a doctor immediately. These are the most obvious and common symptoms of a kidney infection. As stated previously, a kidney infection can lead to severe health issues and should be treated with haste.

How do I Treat Cystitis

In the form of a Urinary Tract Infection, Cystitis is a bacterial infection most commonly treated first with antibiotics. An antibiotic regiment of three days to a week is usually prescribed for a first-time UTI depending on the severity. Be sure to take the entire course of the antibiotic treatment to make sure the infection has been eradicated. Repeat infections may require a longer antibiotic treatment, a physician may recommend seeing a nephrologist or urologist if symptoms persist. Taking one dose of antibiotic following sexual intercourse may prevent Cystitis in some women.

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