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Cystitis

If you have experienced cystitis before, you know the feeling of pressure on your bladder is uncomfortable and can even make urination painful. While this inflammation of the bladder is quite common and affects up to 40% of women, you can usually easily prevent and treat your cystitis.

Cystitis is usually caused by a bacterial infection, but it can have many causes, like damage or irritation to your bladder (non-infectious cystitis). Pain during urination and the need to urinate more frequently are the most common symptoms. 

Cystitis symptoms

    When suffering from cystitis you will usually experience:

    • Burning or stinging sensation when you urinate or pain when urinating 
    • A frequent need to urinate 
    • Feeling that you can't fully empty your bladder

    Other symptoms include:  

    • Strong smelling urine 
    • Cloudy or dark urine 
    • Blood in your urine 
    • Abdominal pain or backache 
    • Fever, temperature and weakness

    You should see your doctor if: 

    • You are experiencing cystitis symptoms for the first time 
    • You are suffering from any of the serious symptoms above 
    • You suffer from cystitis more than three times in a year
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    Understanding cystitis

    There can be many causes of cystitis symptoms, such as not emptying your bladder fully during urination, pressure on your bladder during pregnancy, using a diaphragm or wiping the wrong way after using the toilet (you should always wipe front to back). 

    Moreover, various types irritation or damage to your bladder can cause similar symptoms (non-bacterial cystitis).

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    Cystitis treatment

    Always see your doctor if your symptoms are severe or if it's your fist time experiencing symptoms of cystitis.

    Cystitis caused by bacterial infections is normally treated with prescription antibiotics. If your case is milder or non-infectious, cystitis may clear up without any medication. In this case all you need to do is treat the symptoms.

    For relief from symptoms of cystitis, try a product, such as CanesOasis, that reduce urine acidity and help make you feel more comfortable while you recover from the infection. CanesOasis is a 48-hour course of symptom treatment.

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    Preventing cystitis

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    Proper hydration is the most important step in preventing cystitis. Remember to drink between 6 and 8 glasses of water, or more on hot days.

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    Change your tampons or pads frequently.

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    Always wipe from front to back after going to the toilet.

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    Wash your external vaginal area with warm water and gentle products, like Canesfresh intimate wash.

    Facts about cystitis

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    Hydration is important for cystitis prevention. That’s why you should drink regularly – at least 1,6 litres of fluid per day, or 6 to 8 glasses, based on European Food Safety Authority recommendations.

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    Even though you may feel uncomfortable or experience painful urination, make sure you stay hydrated by drinking lots of water.

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    There may be particular drinks or food that trigger your cystitis, but you should generally avoid fizzy drinks, caffeine and alcohol.

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