Cystitis: What Causes It & What Should You Do to Treat It

Do you find yourself needing to pop to the loo more often? Have you noticed that your wee looks a bit different? (We are not advocating close-up examination, but you may have noticed it is cloudier or darker in colour). Maybe you have observed your wee smells noticeably stronger and when you pass urine you might find yourself grimacing because it stings or burns. All these are signs that you could be suffering from cystitis (a urinary tract infection). If this is the case you could also find yourself suffering from an ache or pain in your lower stomach area and may start to feel a bit off colour too (nauseous, achy and generally lethargic).  

Cystitis is a common problem – especially in women, it’s unpleasant, but often clears up after a few days of discomfort. Prolonged cases need to be investigated as cystitis has been known to turn into a worrying kidney infection. Some people are also unfortunate enough to have reoccurring bouts of cystitis that can cause disruption and upset.

What Causes Cystitis?

Cystitis is triggered by bacteria entering the bladder and there can bea number ofcauses for this, including sexual intercourse, tampon insertion, having a catheter fitted, and using a diaphragm. Cystitis can also be caused by the simple act of wiping yourself following using the toilet (bacteria can be transferred from the back passage to the urethra, causing infection). It can be hard to pinpoint the cause – milder cases will clear up quickly, however, there are times when only a trip to see a medical professional will do.

When Should I Go and See My GP?

If you have an episode of cystitis that you just cannot shift, or keep getting bouts of it, then it’s time to get checked out. Similar if you experience a high temperature, aches in your side or notice blood in your pee then you need to seek medical advice. Men, children and pregnant women who find themselves suffering from the symptoms of cystitis should also go and see a doctor. Diagnosis is relatively straight-forward and doctors are well-versed in dealing with issues like cystitis. They will be able to recommend the best cystitis treatmentin order to alleviate the symptoms and treat the condition.

How Can Cystitis be Treated?

There are things to you can do to help yourself to get over a mild case of cystitis. You can take some everyday pain relief such as paracetamol and drink lots and lots of water. If you are experiencing discomfort you can fill a water bottle with hot water and gently place it on your stomach. It’s worth bearing in mind that sex is not really deemed a good idea while you are suffering from a bout of cystitis (not that you will feel like it anyway)!

If you seek support from your GP, he or she may suggest medical treatment such as a course of antibiotics (which should clear up the cystitis within a couple of days).

Trimethoprim 200mg tablets offer relief from urinary tract infections and respiratory tract infections and are effective in eradicating bacteria. Trimethoprim 200mg are effective, but cannot be used by everyone. They are not suitable for you to take if you are pregnant or are suffering from kidney or liver disease. You will also need to ensure that you are not allergic to any of the ingredients that are in Trimethoprim 200mg. Doctors are the best source of advice and guidance regarding the use of any medication and if you have any concerns or want to ask any questions about your condition or the suggested medication you shouldn’t hesitate to ask your GP.

How to Stop Cystitis from Returning.

You can’t guarantee cystitis will never return, but there are suggestions as to how too can discourage it. Ditch nylon undies and tights, along with tight trousers. Go for cotton panties and loose-fitting trousers. Use unperfumed or gentle bubble bath and shower gel and make sure you take care when inserting your diaphragm or tampons, as you could be sending bacteria into your body too! When you wipe yourself after using the loo, wipe from front to back to prevent bacteria being transferred from anus to vagina. One of the simplest things you can do to prevent cystitis is drink water – this is not only great for preventing urinary tract infection, but is also fabulous for your general health and well-being.