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Dr. Aaron Wiegmann
Dr. Wiegmann earned his medical degree (M.D.) from Rush Medical College and completed his General Surgery residency at Rush University Medical Center and Cook County Hospital. He has a Master's Degree (M.S.) in clinical research and has published numerous peer-reviewed articles.
March 17, 2021
Cystitis is inflammation of the bladder, which causes pain and urination issues. This inflammation is often caused by a bacterial infection called a urinary tract infection (UTI). Other factors can cause bladder inflammation as well. Cystitis can have an acute onset in both men and women, but can also be a bothersome long-term issue.
If you suffer from cystitis chronically, you’ve just developed your first case, or you simply never want to contract this disease, you’ll need the right information before moving forward.
Cystitis is not necessarily life-threatening, but the symptoms can be very severe and make it difficult to live comfortably. Symptoms of cystitis include:
The tricky thing about cystitis symptoms is that they mimic symptoms of many other uncomfortable infections. This is why it’s important to speak to a doctor, or possibly get tests done if your symptoms don’t let up.
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Cystitis has a few different correlations, but the exact cause is still unknown. Some possible causes of cystitis include:
Since women have shorter urethras than men, they are more susceptible to urinary tract infections. Since UTIs are a common cause for cystitis, women are also more likely to develop acute simple cystitis. It’s important for both men and women to be aware of any symptoms they may be experiencing and to seek treatment early.
Since cystitis is most commonly a bacterial infection, antibiotics are effective against them. In most cases, your doctor will prescribe an antibiotic such as:
These treatments will treat symptoms and eradicate your cystitis infection over five days to two weeks, depending on the severity of the case.
Surgery is another option for treatment, but is usually reserved only for extremely severe and persistent cases against which antibiotics are ineffective.
Although there are very effective measures for clearing cystitis, the best thing you can do for your health is avoiding the triggers for this bladder infection. Although infections are sometimes inevitable, there are a couple simple things you can do to avoid them in the future. Consider these tips for keeping your bladder healthy and happy:
Usually cystitis is easy to clear up with the proper medication. If left untreated though, there can be some serious complications.
According to Mayo Clinic “A bladder infection can be painful and annoying, and it can become a serious health problem if the infection spreads to your kidneys.”
Because of the risk to your kidneys, it’s important to seek treatment and medication for cystitis.
If you’re in the kind of pain that often afflicts cystitis patients, leaving the home may be difficult or impossible.
In that case, it may be a better option to consult with an online doctor. Virtual doctors are trained and able to diagnose and treat the same illnesses as in-person doctors.
Our sister site PlushCare provides access to quick appointments with board-certified physicians who can diagnose, treat, and write prescriptions for Cystitis if need be. Make an appointment here.
However, if you are experiencing fevers or chills you should head to your nearest emergency room, as these could be signs of a serious infection.
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