What Is Cystitis?
Cystitis is another word for a Urinary Tract Infection, often known as a UTI. It consists of a wide range of infections or irritations of the lower urinary tract. Usually occurring when bacteria enters the bladder through the urethra, it can be very uncomfortable and often painful at time. Only rarely serious, Cystitis is diagnosed mostly in women and children because women tend to have a shorter urethra and therefore are more prone to developing Cystitis.
Cystitis can happen fairly easily because the urethra is located near the anal area which is a breeding ground for bacteria. It is very common in sexually active women, pregnant women, and women going through menopause, although it can happen to almost anyone. In men, Cystitis can be caused by an enlarged prostate. If treated, there are usually no problems with Cystitis, but if it is not treated it can be very serious. While a mild case can be treated with natural remedies, a more serious case needs to be looked at by a doctor. However, in both cases, there are natural treatments that can take care of the pain or discomfort you may feel while having a urinary tract infection.
If you have had reoccurring urinary tract infections, then you are most likely able to diagnose yourself. The most common symptom is the burning sensation you may have when urinating. You may also have a feeling of needing to go to the bathroom often, even if only a tiny bit of urine comes out. It can be accompanied by lower abdomen pain, strong or foul smelling urine, and overall discomfort. Lastly, you may feel like you can never completely empty your bladder which leads you to want to urinate even seconds after you last went.
Many people get Cystitis simply because of poor toilet hygiene. Since women are most prone, you need to learn how to wipe yourself from the front to back rather than from the back to front which can bring the bacteria from the anus to the urethra. You are also prone to get it if you have had a catheter inserted in your body.
There are numerous treatments which can be either conventional or natural. Natural or herbal medicines are most popular because they can be done at home without the use of prescription medication. Some common herbs that help with urinary tract infections are Buchu, Lemon Balm, Cranberry Extract, St. John’s Wort, Bilberry, and Echinacea Augustifolia. By using herbal medicines, you are avoiding the use of antibiotics which can actually do more harm and allow for reoccurrences of Cystitis. It is also wise to regularly drink 100% cranberry juice to ward off future infections.