If you have experienced cystitis before, you know the feeling of pressure on your bladder is uncomfortable and can even make urination painful. While this inflammation of the bladder is quite common, it’s easily treatable and there are some simple steps you can take to help prevent it.

Cystitis is an uncomplicated lower urinary tract infection, usually caused by a bacterial infection of the bladder, but it can have many causes, like damage or irritation to your bladder (non-infectious cystitis). Pain during urination and the need to urinate more frequently are two of the most common symptoms. 

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Cystitis symptoms

    When suffering from cystitis you may experience the following symptoms:

    • Burning or stinging sensation when you urinate or pain when urinating 
    • A frequent need to urinate 

    Other symptoms include:  

    • Strong smelling urine 
    • Cloudy or dark urine 
    • Blood in your urine (if you have blood in your urine you should see a doctor)
    • Fever, temperature and weakness

    You should see your doctor if:

    • You develop urgent, frequent or painful urination that lasts for several hours or longer or if you notice blood in your urine,
    • Cystitis symptoms return after you've finished a course of antibiotics. You may need a different type of medication,
    • Seek immediate medical help if you have signs and symptoms common to a kidney infection, including:

             o    Back or side pain
             o    Fever and chills
             o    Nausea and vomiting

    Understanding cystitis

    There can be many things that can increased that risk of getting cystitis, such as having sex, using a diaphragm for contraception,  wiping the wrong way after using the toilet (you should always wipe front to back).

    Moreover, various types of irritations or damage to your bladder can cause similar symptoms which can present as non-bacterial cystitis.

    Cystitis treatment

    Always see your doctor if your symptoms are severe or if it's your first time experiencing symptoms of cystitis.

    Cystitis caused by bacterial infections is generally treated with antibiotics prescribed by a doctor. If you know you have a non-infectious or a more mild case of cystitis you may  find that your cystitis will clear up without any treatment.  In this case, you can treat the symptoms.

    For cystitis relief, try a product, such as CanesOasis, that reduces urine acidity and helps you feel more comfortable while you recover from the infection.  CanesOasis is an easy to use 48-hour course.

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    Preventing cystitis

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    Proper hydration is an important step in helping to prevent cystitis. Remember to drink between 6 and 8 glasses of water, or more on hot days.

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    Change your tampons or pads frequently.

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    Always wipe from front to back after going to the toilet.

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    Wash your external vulval area with warm water and gentle products, like Canesfresh Soothing Wash Gel.

    Facts about cystitis

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    Hydration is important for cystitis prevention. That’s why you should drink regularly – at least 1.6 litres of fluid per day, or 6 to 8 glasses or more if it’s hot or you’ve been working out, based on European Food Safety Authority recommendations.

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    Even though you may feel uncomfortable or experience painful urination, make sure you stay hydrated by drinking lots of water.

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    If you’re prone to cystitis it’s best to avoid drinks that are known to irritate your bladder, including caffeinated, fizzy or alcoholic beverages.

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