Use Home Remedies to Treat Cystitis

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A bacterial infection of the urinary tract can be extremely painful. Most women will suffer at one time or another, but it is fairly easy to treat cystitis. Read on to discover home remedies that you can use to prevent and cure this condition.

All about cystitis

The female urethra is shorter than that of the male urethra, so cystitis affects women more often. Bacteria such as escherichia coli, staphylococcus, streptococcus or trachomotis are all potential contaminants.

Common tell-tale symptoms of cystitis are: 

  • sharp, stabbing pains in the stomach
  • frequent urge to urinate
  • burning sensations during urination
  • fever/raised body temperature

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  • When you need to go, go! It’s not a contest. If you feel that you need to pee, you should find a toilet as soon as possible. Forcing your bladder to hold back will only make it suffer unnecessarily by having to create more space for excess urine. Not only will prolonging the need to urinate mean that it’s more difficult to pee when you finally do, but also germs will take advantage when they stick around in the urinary system.
  • Apply heat to the painful area. Place a hot compress or thermal pillow on your stomach or where it’s most painful.
  • Have a good soak. When the burning sensation is just too much, fill the bath with warm water and relax. Let it ease your pain. If you are pregnant, consult your GP for advice. It may harm your baby to take too many warm baths.
  • Practise safe sex. This means that you and your partner should makes sure that your genitals are clean and in a good state of hygiene before having sex.
  • Opt for cotton underwear. This is especially important for women, because their genitals come into closer contact with their clothing. Looser clothing gives your genitals the chance to breathe and they’ll remain drier that way. For men, loose-fitting boxers are the best option.
  • Avoid too much tipple. Alcohol annoys your urinary tract. If you often suffer from cystitis or you are currently in its throes, it’s best to say no to alcohol.

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