Cystitis occurs when your bladder is inflamed, which is a result of a bladder infection. Although anyone can get cystitis, it is particularly common in women. In London, millions of women suffer from cystitis every year and it is considered a common type of urinary tract infection causing extreme discomfort to the sufferer. Typical symptoms of cystitis include pain or burning when passing urine and the need to pass urine frequently. Cystitis can also lead to urgency (feeling you need to pee but passing little urine) as well as having to wake up multiple times at night to pee.
To know more about the best cystitis treatment in London, why not chat to a pharmacist live via either our website or mobile app.
u Why Does Cystitis Occur?
Causes of cystitis can be many, here are the common reasons:
1. Using a diaphragm as a form of contraception
2. Inserting a urinary catheter (a tube used to drain the bladder through the urethra)
3. Having sexual intercourse
4. Bacteria from after going to the toilet (if you wipe back to front)
5. Inserting a tampon
u How to Treat Cystitis?
1.Take paracetamol or ibuprofen
2. Drink plenty of water to stay hydrated (at least 2 litres)
3.Hold a hot water bottle on your tummy or between your thighs
4.Avoid having sexual intercourse
5.Have cranberry juice, although there is not enough evidence that it helps.
u What Are the Symptoms of Cystitis?
1. More frequent and urgent urination
2. A painful sensation on urination
3. Your bladder feels painful
4. Pain in your lower stomach or back
5. Urine that appears dark, cloudy and has a strong smell; you may also notice blood in it
6. Feeling generally unwell, possibly with a high temperature
u Things That Should Be Avoided to Prevent Cystitis:
Although one cannot always prevent cystitis, the likelihood of bladder inflammation can be reduced. Here are some useful tips to help prevent cystitis and avoid taking cystitis treatment:
1. Always empty your bladder fully when you visit the washroom
2. Don`t delay urinating, as this stresses your bladder and makes you more susceptible to infection.
3. Avoid usage of perfumed soaps and other products near your genitals.
4. Use cotton underwear rather than synthetic material; also avoid tight-fitting trousers.
5. Women who use a diaphragm for contraception should consider using some other method for doing birth control.
6. For men, using a condom during sexual intercourse may reduce the risk of cystitis.
7. Staying well hydrated by drinking plenty of fluids regularly
u How Does Cystitis Diagnosis Take Place?
Diagnosis of cystitis is mainly based on the symptoms of the sufferer. It is not routinely recommended that you have your urine tested or sent for analysis, as depending on the number of symptoms you have, the likelihood of cystitis increases greatly.
What Are Medicines Prescribed for Cystitis Treatment?
The first line treatment for cystitis is Nitrofurantoin, which needs to be taken twice a day for 3 days. You can buy cystitis treatment online such as nitrofurantoin from Ask A Pharmacist saving you a trip to the GP. Simple fill out our safety questionnaire, make payment and have your item delivered discreetly via Royal Mail.
We also offer Trimethoprim, which is now no longer the first line treatment for cystitis however useful for those who can`t tolerate nitrofurantoin, or those who have used previously with good effect.
If you would like more information about buying cystitis treatment online and how to treat cystitis and where to start, then we would recommend you to have a live chat with one our pharmacists at Ask A Pharmacist.