Cystitis is a bacterial infection in the bladder, also known as a UTI (urinary tract infection). Cystitis is caused by bacteria travelling through the urethra into the bladder.
Cystitis is most common in females, although less common, men can get Cystitis too. So, you’re probably wondering why Cystitis is more common in females. Well, a female’s urethra is short, about 1.5 inches (3 to 4cm), whereas a man's urethra is longer, measuring between 7 -8 inches (20cm). The shorter the urethra the easier it is for bacteria to travel to the bladder. So, unfortunately for women, this means they’re more susceptible to Cystitis.
According to statistics, UTIs (urinary tract infections) are the most common bacterial infections in women, accounting for almost 25% of all infections.
Around 50 – 60% of women experience UTIs like Cystitis in their lifetime, with a recurrent infection likely to happen within 3 months of the previous.
80% of recurrent UTIs (RUTI) are reinfections.
Cystitis is caused by bacteria reaching the urethra and then getting into the bladder, let’s look at why this happens.
The most common cause of Cystitis is from sexual intercourse, fortunately, there are things you can do to help prevent bacteria from reaching the urethra during sex, such as:
Other causes of Cystitis are:
Cystitis can present as the following uncomfortable symptoms:
These symptoms range from mild to severe, this depends on the person and the severity of the infection. That being said, most of the related symptoms are uncomfortable and many women seek treatment to relieve them.
There are many things you can do to relieve the symptoms of Cystitis at home, such as:
Drinking plenty of fluids – Drinking lots of fluid has been found to dilute the infection and pass it back out of the body in your urine.
Drinking cranberry juice – While there is still a lack of medical evidence, cranberry juice could be used as a preventative of Cystitis and may help to stop a current infection from worsening. This is because the sugars in cranberries, called proanthocyanidins (PAC) block the bug (E. coli) which is the main cause of UTIs, from sticking to the lining of the bladder.
Take pain relief – Paracetamol is a good option to choose when you are suffering from Cystitis, not only should it ease the pain, but it will also regulate your temperature as hot and cold sweats can be side effects of the infection.
Avoid acidic drinks – Acidic drinks such as alcohol, fruit juice coffee and tea can all irritate your bladder. These acidic drinks can block the effects of urinary alkalisers, which means you could be causing more irritation and burning when passing urine.
Pee more often – This may not always be easy, especially as Cystitis can cause painful urination, however, the more you urinate, there is a chance you are helping pass the infection out of your urethra.
Apply a hot water bottle– You can place a hot water bottle on your lower tummy to ease the aches and pains from Cystitis, heat application has been proven to lessen pain.
Avoid having sex – Sex being the likely culprit, should be avoided while you have Cystitis. Having sex with a UTI may worsen the symptoms, sex can encourage more bacteria to travel through the urethra, worsening the infection.
Even though some may be able to treat Cystitis with at-home remedies, most of the time this isn’t the case and a course of antibiotics is needed.
There are different types of antibiotics used to treat Cystitis, most commonly, Nitrofurantoin. Nitrofurantoin comes in 50mg and 100mg capsules, depending on the severity of the infection and whether you have tried all of the at-home options above, your doctor will establish the best course of treatment for you.
These antibiotics are for the treatment of Cystitis in WOMEN ONLY, if you are male and think you have a UTI, you should contact your doctor. Alternatively, if it’s a bank holiday or weekend and your doctor isn’t available, you should call NHS 111 for advice.
Seeking treatment for Cystitis can be a hassle, since having to get a doctor’s appointment and queue at a pharmacy for your antibiotics, all while in pain, we are pleased to inform you that this can be avoided using Oxford Online Pharmacy.
At Oxford Online Pharmacy you can get a 3-day course of Nitrofurantoin 100mg prolonged-release capsules for the treatment of Cystitis. This treatment will be issued by our UK registered doctors after completing an online doctor consultation and whether you are suitable for this treatment.
Most women experience Cystitis more than once and are aware of the symptoms to diagnose their condition, however, if this is the first time you are experiencing Cystitis or you are just not sure, you can order a Urine Infection test kit online. This test kit is available to buy from Oxford Online Pharmacy and you can expect to receive your order the next day. * The test kit is easy to use and after taking the test, you will get the results within a few minutes from the comfort of your home.
Click here to buy Nitrofurantoin 100mg capsules to arrive tomorrow. *
*Delivery timings can be affected over the weekend or a bank holiday, refer to our website for more information.
Important message: If you place an order after 3 pm on a Friday the soonest that your antibiotics can be delivered is Tuesday morning - if you become more unwell or your symptoms worsen, contact NHS 111.
You sure can, we would even recommend it, taking both the sachets and antibiotics together can increase the chance the treatment will work faster. Cystitis relief sachets are safe to be taken alongside a course of antibiotics as they do not interact with each other.
Cystitis relief sachets, known by the brand name Cystopurin, contain the active ingredient potassium citrate, which works to neutralise high levels of acid in your urine which in turn will relieve the effects of Cystitis, such as painful urination. Cystopurin sachets should get to work within a few minutes.
Cystopurin sachets also contain the added bonus of cranberry, as mentioned above cranberry helps protect the bladder from infection. This also makes the drink palatable with a cranberry flavour making it easy to consume.
These sachets are to be poured into a glass containing 600ml of water and stirred well before drinking, the recommended dose for use is one sachet three times daily for 2 days.
Cystitis relief sachets are NOT to be used by men unless otherwise instructed by your GP. If you are a male with suspected Cystitis, you should consult your doctor for advice. We do not provide Cystitis relief services for men.
To treat Cystitis fast at home, without having to leave the house, start your doctor consultation to order Nitrofurantoin 100mg capsules online from Oxford Online Pharmacy. This 3-day course of antibiotics should get to work straight away to treat the infection. Don’t forget to add Cystopurin sachets to your order to help treat Cystitis fast.
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