The pain of cystitis, an inflammation of the urethra that can lead to bladder infections, is very real… and anyone who’s ever had it before will know just how horrible it can be and how it can affect your life if you suffer from it on a regular basis.
Those of you who’ve never experienced this particular health problem before might not know what symptoms to look out for and what to do if you are suddenly struck down with cystitis.
There are two types of the condition – bacterial and non-bacterial. The former is caused when bacteria enters your body through the urethra, then able to travel to the bladder and even your kidneys if you don’t seek treatment for it. Remember that tampons can cause this kind of cystitis, with the lining of the vagina irritated by your choice of sanitary products.
Non-bacterial cystitis, meanwhile, is typically caused by irritation or bruising of the urethra, often caused by sex.
Signs and symptoms that you might have the condition include a strong and persistent urge to go to the loo, passing frequent small amounts of urine, a burning sensation when you go, blood in your urine, pelvic discomfort, strong-smelling or cloudy urine and a feeling of pressure in your lower abdomen.
It’s possible that your symptoms could lead to a kidney infection if you’re not careful so if you have back or side pain, nausea and vomiting, or fever and chills, make sure you go and see your doctor as soon as you can.
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