Cystitis

  • Inflammation of the urinary bladder
  • Symptoms may include cloudy or pus in the urine, pain with urination and increased urine frequency
  • Caused most often by bacteria or yeast but can be viral or fungal
  • Cannot be spread from person to person
  • Affects males and females but more common in females
  • Can occur at any age
  • May be mild without symptoms to severe

  • Use heating pad over lower abdomen
  • Take a sitz bath for 15 to 20 minutes (a warm, shallow bath that cleanses the perineum)
  • Drink an increased amount of fluids
  • Avoid coffee, alcohol, soft drinks with caffeine, citrus juice and spicy foods
  • Urinate often
  • After bowel movement, wipe from front to back
  • Take showers rather than tub baths
  • Avoid bubble baths
  • Gently wash vaginal or anal area carefully
  • Empty bladder immediately after intercourse
  • Avoid feminine products and deodorant sprays in the genital area
  • Avoid use of spermicides along with a diaphragm for birth control
  • Avoid wearing tight or nylon underwear

 

FOR PAIN

  • Apply hot or cold packs to the area
  • Relaxation techniques
  • Distraction
  • Over-the-counter medicine (refer to manufacturer’s recommendations for dosage):
    • Acetaminophen
    • Ibuprofen

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