Cystitis

Cystitis, also known as a urinary tract infection, is characterised by pain when urinating as well as in the abdomen. It can be relatively common in women, but much less so in men, and is caused by inflammation of the bladder. Despite the discomfort it can cause, it is not usually a major concern, and mild cases will often clear up after a few days.

It is not always necessary to visit your GP, although more serious or recurring cases may require a course of antibiotics or other cystitis medication. However, treatment for cystitis is also available in various over-the-counter forms, including liquids and sachets. Weldricks offer a range of cystitis relief products which can be found below and delivered directly to your door.

FAQ

What is Cystitis?
Cystitis is a common urinary tract infection (UTI) that affects the bladder. It tends to be more common in women. It can resolve itself but sometimes will need to be treated with antibiotics. It can be a frequent problem for some people therefore they will need regular treatment to manage and treat infections.
What Cystitis treatment options are available?
Treatment for Cystitis will depend on its mildness or severity. You may be advised to:

- Change your self-care routine,
- Take painkillers, such as paracetamol or ibuprofen, for relief,
- Have a urine test to determine if you have a UTI,
- A GP may prescribe antibiotics,
- Use cystitis relief sachets that help to reduce the acidity in your urine.

If you are suffering from frequent or severe cystitis, visit your doctor who will help you to determine the causes for your UTIs and can advise you on the best way to treat your infection.
What are the symptoms of Cystitis?
Cystitis symptoms can vary between adults and children. Common symptoms of cystitis include:

- Burning or stinging when urinating
- Dark, cloudy and/or strong-smelling urine
- Needing to urinate more often than usual
- Needing to urinate more urgently than usual
- Pain in the stomach or lower abdomen

Younger children may experience:
- A high temperature and feel hot to the touch
- Wetting themselves more often

If you suspect your child has cystitis, please discuss this with your GP.
What causes Cystitis?
Cystitis is a bacterial infection that is most often caused when feces gets into the urethra; the tube that removes urine from the body. There are various reasons why this might occur. Often cystitis can occur as a result of another medical requirement or condition, for example:

- Kidney stones or other conditions that block the urinary tract
- A weakened immune system, including being pregnant
- The use of a urinary catheter
- Having diabetes
- Constipation

Other causes might include:

- Menopause
- Having sexual intercourse
- Wiping your anus from back to front