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Bladder Infection

BLADDER INFECTION

Feeling the frequent need to pee urgently? A bladder infection is an infection of the bladder, and it is also known as urinary tract infection, or UTI. Do note that UTI can attack any part of the urinary tract, including kidneys, urethra and bladder. Cytitis is the medical term used for bladder inflammation and can be pretty annoying. Here’s a quick check on the facts.

Symptoms of bladder infection

Some of the symptoms are pretty much same as regular UTI infection, and it is possible to get confused. However, you should check for symptoms like –

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  • Persistent and frequent need to urinate
  • Sensation of burning when urinating
  • Presence of blood in urine
  • Change in color of urine
  • Discomfort in the stomach, mainly around pelvic region
  • Fever

While any one can get a bladder infection, women are more prone to the condition than men.


How to treat bladder infection?

Cystitis or bladder infection is mostly caused by bacteria, and doctors will usually prescribe antibiotics, depending on the facts of the case. The first treatment line is followed to see the change in overall health, based on which the doctor may advice further tests. Usually, the antibiotics are given for at least three days and the entire course of antibiotics must be completed. People who get repeated infections may need a longer duration of treatment.

Should I see a doctor?

While a few signs of bladder infection will subside in a day or two, it is best to see a doctor, especially when you have symptoms that are common to kidney issues. Call us for help if,

  • Pain in the back and sides
  • Unexpected fever
  • Issue with stool
  • Nausea
  • Vomiting
  • Pain during urination

How to avoid bladder infection?

Cranberry juice is known to be beneficial in avoiding bladder infection, although not much info is available. On the safer side, you can opt to include more liquids in the diet and make sure that you don’t control the urine urge, especially on normal days. It is possible that bacteria may spread into the bladder through vagina and urethra, and hence, personal hygiene is more than essential, especially if you are prone to UTIs. Not to forget, avoid self-medication and see a doctor if you see the symptoms.


 
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