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Some Different Methods Of Cystitis Treatment

Author : Mario Cora

Most women, at some point in their lives will experience cystitis, an infection of the urinary tract. Cystitis treatment usually involves antibiotics, but there are also natural treatments. You can use these in conjunction with your medicine, or to help alleviate symptoms as soon as possible. Some women try to avoid antibiotics for a variety of reasons, and they may wish to see if the natural solutions help before resorting to an antibiotic.

As with many medical conditions, it's best if you can prevent the infection from happening in the first place. Practice good hygiene by keeping the genital area clean and dry. Be sure to change any wet swimwear promptly and avoid harsh soaps and bubble baths. Keep yourself urinating frequently by drinking lots of water, and be sure to always urinate after intercourse. Urinating flushes the urinary tract and washes away bacteria.

If do you have cystitis, you will know something is wrong by the burning you experience upon urination. Your urine may look dark or cloudy, or you may be able to see blood in it. You may have an achy feeling in the lower abdomen as well. After a day or so, you may develop a fever and feel generally unwell. Burning pain upon urination is the most common symptom, and the one that prompts a sufferer to seek treatment quickly.

Your doctor will diagnose your cystitis based on the symptoms you report and a culture of your urine. The most common treatment is an antibiotic regimen lasting up to ten days. Some people who wish to avoid taking antibiotics may choose natural treatments. Natural treatment might also be used to compliment conventional medical care and help the symptoms disappear more quickly.

Cranberry juice has been scientifically proven to lessen the severity of symptoms and reduce the bacterial level in the bladder. It is thought that it works by making your urine more acidic and therefore less hospitable to germs. Also, an enzyme in the cranberry makes it difficult for the bacteria to attach themselves to the bladder. If infections are a common problem for you, you may want to drink the juice regularly to help reduce acute flare ups.

Also, be sure to drink plenty of water. This helps you in the same way that water helps prevent infection in the first place. It dilutes the urine making it less likely for bacteria to flourish in the urinary tract. Avoid sexual intercourse and bathing for the remainder of your infection so that no additional bacteria complicate your existing infection. Instead of a bath, take a shower and be sure to cleanse the genital area and dry it thoroughly.

Adding fruits with a high water content to your diet will also be helpful when you're treating cystitis. As with other treatments, the goal of this is to cause more frequent urination. If you choose, there are teas available in natural food shops that are blended especially to treat a bladder infection. The herbs in these help you eliminate the bacteria and also help alleviate the uncomfortable symptoms.

It's important to call your doctor as soon as you suspect you may have a urinary tract infection. In the meantime, there are natural treatments you can use to hasten healing or to help ease your symptoms faster. With the right combination of modern medicine and natural treatments, you can recover from a bout with cystitis as quickly as possible.

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