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Cystitis

Cystitis is an inflammation of the bladder. It is most commonly caused by an infection or because your bladder has become irritated or damaged. Cystitis is a type of urinary tract infection (UTI), and it is more common in women than men. It is rarely a serious or long-lasting condition and can be treated effectively with the right course of antibiotics.

What Medicine Direct can offer for Cystitis?

You can buy cystitis antibiotics called Trimethoprim from Medicine Direct. These work to tackle the infection and reduce the inflammation, which in turn eases your symptoms and any pain you might be feeling.

What is Cystitis?

Cystitis, also known as a water infection, affects up to 40% of women. It can also affect men, though this is rare. It usually caused by a bladder infection, in which the bladder becomes inflamed. It may also occur if your bladder is irritated or damaged.

There are two types of cystitis. Bacterial cystitis is the name for when your bladder is infected. Non-bacterial cystitis is the name for when your bladder is irritated or damaged. Pain when urinating, and needing to urinate more often, are two of the main symptoms you may experience. Left untreated, cystitis can lead to a kidney infection, which is more serious. Therefore, it is always important to monitor your cystitis carefully.

Cystitis Treatment

Some bouts of cystitis will go away on their own after a few days, with no need for medication. However, if your symptoms are severe and the infection doesn’t seem to be going away on its own, you may need a course of antibiotics. If you’re looking for how to treat cystitis at this point, Medicine Direct offer a type of antibiotic called Trimethoprim.

While taking antibiotics and waiting for your symptoms to clear, it might also help to:

  •     Drink lots of water
  •     Use a hot water bottle or heat pack where the pain is
  •     Take paracetamol or ibuprofen for the pain
  •     Urinate frequently
  •     Use a sensitive soap on your genitals when washing
  •     Avoid sex
  •     Wipe from front to back when you go to the toilet

Treatment Length for Cystitis

If you choose to use the cystitis medication Trimethoprim, the standard course of treatment is to take two tablets per day for three days. However, the necessary treatment length can vary from person to person. This is because the length of time that this medication takes to start working depends on several factors. These include the severity of your infection, your age, your gender and whether you have any other health problems. Pregnant women, for example, will need to antibiotics for 14 days. Once your course of treatment is complete, you should find your symptoms and pain have subsided.

If you are still experiencing discomfort even after you’ve finished tablets, we would recommend contacting your GP for further advice.

Cystitis causes

The most common non-bacterial cystitis causes are:

  •     Not emptying your bladder fully when you urinate
  •     Pressure on your bladder due to pregnancy
  •     Using a diaphragm
  •     Wiping the wrong way after going to the toilet (you should wipe front to back)

The most common non-bacterial cystitis causes are:

  •     Hormone changes e.g. menopause
  •     Nicotine
  •     Dehydration
  •     Vigorous sex
  •     Chemicals and perfume in soaps
  •     Diabetes
  •     Wearing a catheter

Cystitis symptoms and warning signs

The most common cystitis symptoms and warning signs are:

  •     A stinging, burning or painful feeling when urinating
  •     The need to urinate more often and more urgently
  •     Dark, cloudy or strong smelling wee
  •     Lower stomach pain
  •     Feeling sick, tired, unwell and achy

Getting a cystitis test

If you are concerned that you have cystitis, it is important to get to a Doctor as soon as possible. If you’re looking to buy cystitis antibiotics online, fill out a Medicine Direct health questionnaire here. This will be passed to one of our doctors, who will assess your symptoms prescribe the right course of treatment for you.