Symptoms and treatment of cystitis

Cystitis is an inflammation of the bladder, usually caused by a bacterial infection. It is more common in women than in men.

Symptoms of cystitis include:

  • Pain or burning sensation when urinating
  • Frequent urination, even if little urine is passed
  • Cloudy or strong-smelling urine
  • Blood in the urine (hematuria)
  • Lower abdominal pain

If you experience any of these symptoms, it is important to see a doctor for proper diagnosis and treatment.

Treatment for cystitis typically involves antibiotics to fight the infection. Pain relievers may also be prescribed to help with discomfort. It is important to complete the full course of antibiotics as prescribed by your doctor, even if symptoms improve.

In addition to medical treatment, there are some lifestyle changes that can help prevent cystitis:

  • Drink plenty of fluids to help flush out bacteria
  • Avoid irritating substances like caffeine, alcohol, and spicy foods
  • Practice good hygiene, especially after bowel movements
  • Urinate regularly and completely
  • Wear loose-fitting clothing

If left untreated, cystitis can lead to more serious complications, such as kidney infection. Therefore, it is important to seek medical attention if you suspect you have cystitis.