That burning feeling

Apparently cystitis is more common than we might think, affecting one out of every 3 women at some stage in their life, and often striking multiple times.

The symptoms of cystitis include pain or burning when urinating. People have even gone as far as to say it’s 'like peeing razor blades'. It can also result in the need to go to the toilet more often and the feeling of wanting to pass urine, yet not being able to. Cloudy or strong-smelling urine can also be an indication of cystitis.

Cystitis is a type of urinary tract infection caused by bacteria in the bladder. Bacteria is transferred from the bowel through the urethra and into the bladder. It causes inflammation, resulting in the common burning sensation when urinating.

It is most common in women as it is easier for bacteria to travel up the female urinary tract and into the bladder. Pregnant women, women with diabetes, sexually active women and those who have just gone through menopause and are suffering from changes to their hormone level are more likely to suffer from cystitis.

Whether or not you fall into one of the categories of women most susceptible to cystitis, you should be aware of the preventative measures.

Cystitis: self help

Good hygiene and always wiping from front to back while on the toilet can help lessen the chances of contracting cystitis.

Going to the toilet and urinating after sex can lessen the spread of bacteria in the bladder.

Drinking plenty of water will help keep the bladder clear and flush out toxins.

Avoid using harsh chemicals and fragranced soaps on your genital area.

Cranberry supplements are also thought to help prevent cystitis from returning by preventing certain types of bacteria from sticking to the wall of the bladder.

OTC care

Pharmacy assistants can prescribe paracetamol to help relieve the pain of cystitis and in severe instances a doctor may prescribe antibiotics. In this instance it’s important that the full course of antibiotics be taken and they are best taken after emptying the bladder.

Urinary alkalinisers can be effective in helping to relieve the burning sensation.  Ural is available with Cranberry fruit extract to help not only treat existing cystitis but to also reduce the reoccurrence of urinary tract infections.

Do you know of any remedies that effectively treat cystitis? Tell us below!

by Leanne Philpott