Information on the Causes and Symptoms of Cystitis. Natural Remedies for Frequent Urination, Strong Smelling Urine and a Burning Sensation When Urinating.
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What is Cystitis?
Cystitis is an infection of the bladder, and is also commonly referred to as a urinary tract infection (UTI). It is often used to describe a wide range of infections, inflammations, or irritations of the lower urinary tract.
Cystitis occurs when bacteria enters the bladder via the urethra (the tube that goes from the bladder out of the body). Because the urethra is located near the anal area, infection tends to occur quite easily. Women have a shorter urethra than men and are subsequently more prone to cystitis.
Pregnant, menopausal and sexually active women may experience frequent episodes of this bladder infection, but it can affect all age groups from either sex. Though cystitis is less common in men, it can be caused by an enlarged prostate. If not treated immediately, it can become very serious.
Recurring episodes of cystitis require medical attention, while a milder case can be treated at home. There are numerous ways to control and treat the pain and discomfort caused by this condition. Various treatment options such as conventional drug therapies, complementary and alternative therapies are available to relieve the symptoms of cystitis.
The diagnosis of cystitis is partly based on the symptoms and signs. The most obvious symptom of cystitis is a burning sensation when urinating, usually accompanied by a nagging need for frequent urination every few minutes. Severe pain, lower abdominal pain, traces of blood in the urine, strong smelling urine, and overall discomfort are also usually felt.
What Causes Cystitis?
The most common cause of cystitis is a bacterial infection from the genital area. There are many factors that contribute to bacteria settling in the bladder.
Help for Cystitis
There are various treatments used to treat and relieve the symptoms of cystitis. These may include drug therapy as well as complementary and natural therapies – as well as education and preventative measures.