Cystitis

Below you will find more information about Cystitis from Medigest. If you believe that you are suffering from any of the symptoms of Cystitis it is important that you obtain an accurate diagnosis from a medical professional to ensure that you obtain the correct medication or treatment for your condition. There are medical conditions that carry similar symptoms associated with Cystitis and therefore the information provided by Medigest is offered as a guideline only and should never be used in preference to seeking professional medical advice. The information relating to Cystitis comes from a third party source and Medigest will not be held liable for any inaccuracies relating to the information shown.

Definition

Cystitis is a medical term used to characterize the inflammation of the bladder. Majority of the time, this inflammation is typically caused by some form of a bacterial infection, which may be commonly referred to as a urinary tract infection (UTI). This bladder infection often causes pain and discomfort and can even lead to serious health complications if infection reaches the kidneys.

Diagnosis

The symptoms are the primary basis for diagnosis along with diagnostic tests such as urinalysis, cytoscopy and imaging tests.

Treatment

Cystitis caused by bacterial infection is generally treated with antibiotics. Treatment for noninfectious cystitis depends on the underlying cause. Antibiotics are known to be the first treatment against bacterial infection. Individuals with recurrent UTI, a longer antibiotic treatment is often required.

Symptoms and Signs

Cystitis symptoms would often include strong urge to always urinate, passing small amounts of urine, strong-smelling urine, pressure in the lower abdomen, low-grade fever, discomfort in the pelvic area, and blood in the urine.

Causes

The primary cause of cystitis is an infection of the bladder that affects the urinary tract and starts to multiply. While the bladder is known to secrete antibacterial properties and urine also contains certain properties that prevent the growth of bacteria, in the case of cystitis, the risk of infection increase and multiplies into a full blown infection.

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