How To Treat & Cure Cystitis
We tend to be a bit shy when it comes to discussing symptoms and ailments related to the on goings of our “bathroom habits”. Despite how common it is, we try not to bring attention to our bladder infections, pain we experience near or around genitals, or any other aspect related to our “private areas”.
But it’s time we talked about Cystitis because it’s nothing to be ashamed of. Besides, it’s very common, treatable, and affects both men and women — but women are about 8 times more likely to get it than men.
So what exactly is Cystitis?
Bacteria, often from our own bowels, can travel from our back passage (anus) and into the tube that passes from your bladder to your urethra. Cystitis is when your bladder becomes infected and inflamed due to the bacterium that causes the urine infection.
Since the urethra of women is shorter than the urethra of men, (and a woman’s urethra opens closer our back passage) bacteria have a quicker and more accessible way to get to our bladder. This is why women are more likely to develop Cystitis than men.
The symptoms include:
- Pain when passing urine
- Frequency or urgency to urinate
- Small amounts of urine
- Urine that’s dark, cloudy or smells strong
- The need to go to the toilet more frequently at night with discomfort
They can be bit difficult because the symptoms of Cystitis sometimes replicate that of other conditions.
You can talk to the healthcare team at Instant e-Care Online Doctor & Pharmacy if you are not sure about your symptoms and if you really have Cystitis. Seeing a doctor and providing a urine sample is one of the best and quickest ways to know whether it’s really Cystitis or something else going on. And if it doesn’t clear out within a couple weeks, your doctors can pass the sample to a lab to pinpoint exactly which bacteria is leading to the infection and tell you where to go from there.
Already Know You Have Cystitis?
Cystitis can be reoccurring and sometimes you already know you have it because you have had it before. Besides knowing Cystitis is treatable and that you shouldn’t be embarrassed if you do have it since people (especially women) are likely to have it at least once in their lifetime, there are different treatments you can do it to flush the infection out of your bladder quickly (pun unintended)!
Types of treatment
Luckily, Cystitis doesn’t require any special medication that would make you jump through hoops or flatten your wallet. You have a couple of options depending on your symptoms and how quickly you’d like them cleared up.
There’s a chance your body can flush Cystitis out of your system naturally without the help of medications. This is often more ideal for pregnant women. Just remember the symptoms of Cystitis can last at least a week or more without using antibiotics.
Antibiotics — Trimethoprim
If you don’t want to live through the week+ long symptoms, antibiotics may be your answer. They help flush Cystitis out of your system sooner by limiting the symptoms by 1 to a few days. If your symptoms intensify or show little sign of improvement, antibiotics are the way to go.
The most well-known medication that is recommended is Trimethoprim. Doesn’t sound pleasant but it’s a very popular and safe antibiotic that can lessen your chances of developing Cystitis in the future on top of curing your current symptoms.
A short course of Trimethoprim, 1 tablet twice a day, for 3 days usually sorts out Cystitis.
Cystitis affects both men and women. It’s common, and there’s a good chance you’ll experience it at least once in your life. Though it can go away naturally thanks to our loving immune system, medications can diminish the duration of the symptoms if you need a quick but safe and reliable fix.
If Trimethoprim antibiotics doesn’t help (your symptoms don’t cease and desist or they appear again after a couple of weeks) you should contact your doctor or even the healthcare team over at Instant e-Care Online Doctor & Pharmacy to provide you advice for where to go from there.
For any other questions related to Cystitis just contact Instant e-Care Online Doctor & Pharmacy and their team will respond with accurate information promptly.
Written By The Today Writer, Kiesha Frue.