Cystitis Symptoms and Treatments
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Cystitis Symptoms and Treatments

Although it has several causes, cystitis (bladder inflammation) is generally used to describe a urine infection. It is much more common in women because their short urethra makes the bladder\\\'s interior more readily accessible to bacteria from the anus (the usual source of infection), and other sources.
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Although it has several causes, cystitis (bladder inflammation) is generally used to describe a urine infection. It is much more common in women because their short urethra makes the bladder's interior more readily accessible to bacteria from the anus (the usual source of infection), and other sources.

Symptoms

  • Passing frequent, small amounts of urine
  • Getting up several times in the night to empty the bladder
  • Scalding pain on emptying bladder
  • Cloudy, bad-smelling and/or blood-stained urine
  • Low back or stomach pain with or without a temperature

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Cures

Naturopathy

Lifestyle advice would include a whole food diet, and hydrotherapy hygiene measures aimed at minimizing the passage of bacteria from the anus to the vulva. Examples include passing urine immediately after sexual intercourse, and washing the perineal area (between the rectum and vulva) while still sitting on the toilet. (This can be done by pouring cold boiled water from a bottle onto the perineum and allowing it to wash over the vulva and anus). Advice would also include the use of toilet paper from front to back and washing and drying the anus after opening the bowels. Loose-fitting cotton underwear in place of tight-fitting synthetic pants reduces sweat and the risk of bacterial infection.

Vitamins and Minerals

A whole food diet that includes plenty of antioxidant-rich fresh fruits and vegetables to boost immunity would be recommended. Drink at least 3 1/2 pint (2 liters) of water, cranberry juice or barley water daily. Foods containing fresh fennel, celeriac, parsley and garlic are also beneficial.

Specific dietary supplements: propolis taken over several days is said to relive cystitis, as is dolomite, a naturally occurring magnesium/calcium supplement, also taken over several days. Some therapists recommend a gram or so of vitamin C daily, to abort a cystitis attack. Being acidic, this would probably intensify the pain of passing urine, but ascorbic acid's antibacterial and anti-inflammatory properties could work upon the bladder wall.

Herbal Medicine

Lavender tea is an age-old cystitis remedy. Add 1 teaspoon (5 ml) dried lavender flowers to 1 pint (570 ml) boiling water, infuse for 5 minutes. Sweeten with honey if desired. Sip a cup 6 times daily during an attack.

Aromatherapy

Add 3-4 drops of chamomile, eucalyptus, and pine or sandalwood essence to a bath. Inhale essences of cajuput, cedarwood or niaouli in steam or heated in oil in a burner. Make a hot compress with any of these oils and apply to bladder area.

Homeopathy

Remedies can be taken every half hour for up to 10 doses: Cantharis 30c for burning, cutting pain in the lower abdomen which is too painful to ignore, a nonstop urge to urinate, with only a small trickle or blood-stained urine passed, and lower backache which is worse in the afternoons; Belladonna 30c for a burning sensation in the urethra, urine bright red with small blood clots, a bladder sensitive to jarring, and a continuous urge to empty the bladder; Dulcamara 6c for an attack that starts after getting damp and cold, or after exertion with urine frequent and blood-stained.

Medical Treatment

Antibiotics are prescribed - after a urine specimen has been produced but before the results have been obtained from the laboratory. Fluids, bed-rest and pain relief are recommended. Further attacks may require investigation.

Prevention

  • Wipe toilet paper from front to back after opening bowels or shower after a bowel movement.
  • Change tampons frequently to avoid contamination.
  • Wear cool, cotton underwear.

Caution

  • Seek medical advice as soon as symptoms start.
  • Bed-rest, fluids, painkillers and antibiotics are all required for severe symptoms with fever.
  • Ask your doctor to investigate the cause of recurrent attacks.
  • Keep antibiotics to hand for attacks starting outside surgery hours (speak to your doctor about how to go about arranging this).

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Thanks for the informative article.

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