Cystitis is a common condition that can cause urinary symptoms. It is usually caused by a bacterial infection, but it can also be caused by other things, such as a viral infection. Cystitis can be treated with antibiotics, but it is important to see a doctor if you think you have it so that you can get the proper treatment. Infusions for cystitis are typically made with herbs that are antibacterial, anti-inflammatory, and diuretic. Some common herbs used for cystitis include uva ursi, bearberry, buchu, and cranberry. Infusions can be taken orally or inserted into the bladder via a catheter.
What are the symptoms of cystitis?
There are several symptoms associated with cystitis, which can include a burning sensation during urination, the need to urinate more frequently, cloudy or bloody urine, and pelvic pain. If you experience any of these symptoms, it is important to see a doctor to rule out other potential causes and to get the proper treatment. Left untreated, cystitis can lead to more serious health problems.
Causes of cystitis
Causes can include a urinary tract infection (UTI), blockage in the urinary tract, an enlargement of the prostate gland in men, certain sexually transmitted infections, and kidney stones. Symptoms of cystitis can include a strong, persistent urge to urinate, burning or pain with urination, cloudy or bloody urine, and pelvic pain in women. Treatment for cystitis can include antibiotics, pain relievers, and increased fluid intake.
Types of cystitis
There are different types of cystitis, depending on what’s causing the inflammation.
The most common type of cystitis is bacterial cystitis. This happens when bacteria enter your bladder and cause an infection. Bacterial cystitis is usually treated with antibiotics.
Other types of cystitis include:
Viral cystitis: This is caused by a virus, such as the herpes simplex virus or the flu. Viral cystitis often goes away on its own.
Fungal cystitis: This is caused by a fungus, such as Candida. Fungal cystitis is treated with antifungal medication.
How is cystitis treated?
There are a number of ways to treat cystitis, depending on the underlying cause. If the cause is a bacterial infection, antibiotics may be prescribed. If the cause is a viral infection, treatment focuses on relieving symptoms. If the cause is a bladder stone, surgery may be necessary to remove the stone. In all cases, it is important to drink plenty of fluids to flush the bladder and prevent further irritation.
Natural remedies for cystitis include drinking plenty of water, avoiding caffeine and alcohol, and urinating as soon as you feel the urge. You can also take a sitz bath, a warm, shallow bath that can help soothe the pain and inflammation. If your cystitis is caused by an infection, you may need to take antibiotics.
There are a number of medications that can be used to treat cystitis, depending on the cause. If the cause is a bacterial infection, antibiotics may be prescribed. If the cause is a viral infection, antiviral medications may be prescribed. If the cause is an allergic reaction, antihistamines may be prescribed. If the cause is unknown, symptomatic relief may be the only treatment option.