Magazine 15 June 2021

Cystitis in Summer

  1. I suffer from recurrent cystitis. How can I prevent it from coming on holiday?
  2. What measures can I take at sea?
  3. What foods do you recommend to prevent cystitis?
  4. Summary

 

Dear Reader,

Many factors trigger the attacks of cystitis in summer, tincluding heat, humidity, and certain habits that need to be avoided.
Here is a small guide to enjoying the summer without unpleasant “surprises”.

Warm weather and summer make us more susceptible to the development and proliferation of bacteria that cause cystitis and other urinary tract infections.
The high temperature promotes sweating and dehydration. Our urine will be more concentrated and more irritating to our mucous membranes.

Summer also means frequenting crowded seaside places where it is easier to be exposed to bacteria or contact with sand, the ideal nest for germs. In addition, the saltiness or humid environment created by wearing a wet swimsuit weakens the vaginal defenses and creates the ideal territory for bacterial growth.

Prevention and a few small tricks can prevent a pleasant and relaxing season from turning into a nightmare or, worse, cystitis from locking us in the house, causing pain and that sense of discomfort when in the company.

I’ve answered the most frequently asked questions about the correlation between cystitis and heat to have all the information and tools you need to prevent it or take the right action.

I suffer from recurrent cystitis. How can I prevent it from coming on holiday?

On holiday, it is more likely that there is an overlap of risk factors causing cystitis: sexual activity, alcohol, and high temperatures increase the risk of an attack of this infection. The following precautions can be taken to reduce these risks:

  • Increase the amount of fluids. As mentioned above, higher temperatures are more likely to expose you to the risk of dehydration of the body. The primary consequence of dehydration is to irritate the bladder and create a breeding ground for bacteria. Drinking a lot, in addition to balancing the loss of liquids and mineral salts due to sweating, promotes the expulsion of toxins and harmful microorganisms from our bodies.
  • Control your alcohol consumption. Usually, you are more inclined to consume alcohol on holiday or have more convivial occasions than in your daily routine. Alcohol can irritate the bladder and remove essential fluids from our bodies. Suppose you don’t want to give up a cool drink or a good glass of wine. In that case, a smart move can be to drink a glass of water between each alcoholic consumption to counteract the dehydration brought by alcohol (yes, alcohol dehydrates our body) and keep the bladder clean.
  • Take pure mannose. Always carry your trusted pure mannose with. It is helpful in case of cystitis attacks, especially if you travel abroad. The health service abroad is not always guaranteed. It may take a long time before you can get an examination or prescription for medication from a doctor and the time required to overcome any language barriers. Pure mannose is the ideal natural ally as it tricks the bacteria that cause cystitis by attracting them to itself. The urine will then excrete both the pure mannose and, with it, all the bacteria that have attached to it. You can take pure mannose daily as a preventive measure against any attack at the least opportune moment. It is a natural remedy without contraindications and does not develop any bacterial resistance.
  • Be careful during intercourse. Many women suffer from the so-called post-coital cystitis or honeymoon cystitis, which is needed after sexual intercourse. In part, the cause can be traced back to specific movements that cause the bacteria to push into the bladder. This is why you should empty your bladder immediately after intercourse. Good lubrication is also important to avoid lesions in the vaginal mucosa, through which bacteria could travel up into the bladder. Using a d-mannose lubricant, combined with a dose of pure mannose after intercourse, is the perfect combination to ward off post-coital cystitis. On this subject, I wrote the article Post-coital Cystitis.

 

What measures can I take at sea?

It would be a good rule not to continue wearing a wet swimsuit after swimming but to change it with a dry one at the seaside. This simple procedure will allow you to avoid stimulating the proliferation of bacteria, which is easier in a humid environment.

It is best to avoid bathing in cold water after prolonged exposure to the sun, as the change in temperature can cause inflammation or worsen it if it is already present.

It is important not to hold urine for long periods, use public toilets with caution, and clean the vaginal area with cleansing wipes. Be careful when choosing wipes that respect the vaginal pH and contain gentle ingredients.

 

What foods do you prefer to prevent cystitis?

Prevention, as well as healing, starts at the table.
The consumption of sugary substances and refined carbohydrates transfers glucose into the urine, constituting an optimal terrain for bacterial replication, especially Escherichia coli, the main bacterium that causes cystitis. Meanwhile, glucose in the urine reduces the effectiveness of certain substances that act as a barrier to protect the bladder from both acidity and bacterial attack.

Give preference to foods friendly to the intestine and bladder: fruit, vegetables, fish, meat, eggs, cereals, legumes. Intestinal regularity, not always taken for granted on holiday, is essential to prevent attacks of cystitis and avoid recurrences. The permanence of faeces at the level of the rectal ampulla increases the probability that bacteria, such as Escherichia Coli and Enterococcus faecalis, can easily pass into the vagina and, subsequently, into the bladder. A regulated bowel is friendly to both general and genital and bladder wellness. (Did you know that Dimann has recently launched its product based on milk enzymes beneficial to achieve or maintain the balance of intestinal and vaginal flora? Discover Dimann Flor.

I hope I’ve provided some clarity. Now all you have to do is try to apply these tips.
You can let me know how it goes by writing to me at: lorenza@dimann.com

Take a look at all the kits dedicated to the treatment and prevention of cystitis.

I hug you,

 

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Summary

  • On holiday, it is more likely that there is an overlap of risk factors causing cystitis: sexual activity, alcohol, and high temperatures increase the risk of an attack of this infection.
  • Primary recommendations are to increase fluid intake, eliminate alcohol consumption and prevent by taking pure mannose.
  • It would be a good rule not to continue to wear a wet swimsuit after swimming but to change it with a dry one at the seaside.
  • For the diet, it is necessary to eat foods that are friendly to the intestine and bladder

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