Magazine 11 May 2024

Cystitis: when to worry if symptoms don’t go away

My dear friend,

if you are struggling with cystitis and the symptoms don’t hint at leaving you alone, fear not, you are not alone!

Unfortunately, almost all of us have been through this at least once. However, it is right to understand when these symptoms are a ‘natural part of the process’ or if they could lead to more serious complications.

Therefore, if you fear that it is time to seek medical attention, then know that you are in the right place!

In fact, in this article we will discuss:

  1. Different types of cystitis;
  2. Symptomatology and causes;
  3. prevention and remedies.

Ready? Let’s get going!

Cystitis doesn’t want to know to go away? That’s when it’s time to seek medical attention

First, let’s get some clarity: the difference between bacterial cystitis and non-infectious cystitis

Most cystitis is caused by bacteria from outside the body that, upon entering the urinary tract through the urethra, begin to multiply.

Most often, cystitis is caused by the presence of intestinal bacteria and, in 80% of cases, the bacterium Escherichia coli.

Alternatively, it may arise due to sexual intercourse, insertion of tampons, or poor intimate hygiene.

On the other hand, there are noninfectious cystitis, in which other factors can cause bladder inflammation, such as interstitial cystitis and abacterial cystitis.

Others include:

  • Hemorrhagic cystitis: treatments involving irradiation of the pelvic area can cause inflammatory changes in bladder tissue;
  • Drug-induced cystitis: some drugs, especially chemotherapy drugs, can cause bladder inflammation as the body excretes their broken-down components;
  • Chemical cystitis: some people are very sensitive to chemicals in products such as foaming bath gels, feminine hygiene sprays, or spermicidal gels. This can cause allergic reactions and bladder inflammation;
  • Cystitis associated with other conditions: sometimes other conditions can cause cystitis, such as diabetes, kidney stones, enlarged prostate or a spinal cord injury.

So much information all at once, isn’t it?

But don’t worry: to understand the nature of your problem, you don’t have to guess among the types of cystitis I mentioned.

By relying on your gynecologist or doing special testing, you will save a lot of time and be able to start targeted treatment immediately.

That said, now let’s look at what causes cystitis and when to see a specialist.

Read also: What’s happening if you experience burning after intercourse without a condom

What are the causes of cystitis and when to really worry about it

If you have suffered from cystitis before, you probably know that common symptoms include:

  • The need to pee more often than usual;
  • difficulty urinating;
  • cloudy, dark urine;
  • hematuria (when cystitis has progressed to a more severe infection);
  • Lower abdominal pain;
  • fatigue;
  • Sick feeling.

Generally, cystitis does not pass within two days. However, there are some signs that you can tell whether the situation is improving or not.

Let me explain further.

Do not hesitate to contact your doctor if you notice that your symptoms do not resolve within a few days or if they get worse.

To understand, if you start to have blood in your urine or should you get a fever, don’t let it go, but let the doctor know right away.

The same principle applies if your cystitis recurs frequently: probably, the medications you have been taking have not had the desired effect (and in this guide I explain why this happens) and you need an alternative treatment.

That’s right, I did say alternative care.

Are you wondering which one?

Follow me in the next paragraph! 🥰

Prevention of cystitis: why it is preferable to opt for natural remedies

A number of recommendations can be followed to prevent cystitis.

For example, blueberry juice or taking pills containing proanthocyanidins may reduce the risk of recurrent bladder infections in some women.

However, in some cases the benefits of cranberries are not very significant.

So, what to do?

First, I recommend a number of preventive measures:

  • Try to drink plenty of fluids, especially water;
  • If you feel like you have to pee, don’t put it off;
  • Better to take a shower than a bath;
  • personal hygiene: after you go to the bathroom, always clean yourself from the vagina to the anus and never the other way around; this way, you will prevent bacteria from spreading to the vagina and urethra; also, use only gentle cleansers such as our Dimann Soft;
  • uses cotton clothing;
  • Avoid wearing pants that are too tight.

However, if you need extra help, we have the solution for you.

Have you ever heard of D-mannose?

This is a simple sugar that we use in our Dimann brand products. In particular, we chose D-mannose extracted from birch because it is of the best quality.

Therefore, this monosaccharide helps fight and prevent cystitis.

But how?

To make it simple for you, it gets to the bladder and causes the bacteria to stop adhering to the cells. It’s kind of like when you can’t get a ring off because your finger is swollen and then you use soap.

Through urination, bacteria slip out, but without affecting the bacterial flora.

If you want to learn more, try our ‘Find Your Path‘ test or write to me and tell me your story, I would be happy to help.

I hug you tightly from here,

Lorenza

Read also: Tachipirin and cystitis in the absence of fever: this what you need to know

In this article we talked about…

  • There are different types of cystitis caused by intestinal bacteria or external factors.
  • If the symptoms do not begin to improve or, indeed, worsen dramatically, see your medical professional immediately.
  • D-mannose products have proven to be extremely effective in combating and preventing cystitis.

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