An infection in the bladder is known as Cystitis and can cause pain in the pelvis, an increased need to urinate often with little production of urine, blood in the urine, and pain in the surrounding lower abdominal area.
Cystitis is more common in women than men, and some women experience recurrent episodes of cystitis. Pregnant women who are undergoing hormonal changes are also at an increased risk of Cystitis. Frequent sexual intercourse over a short period can also cause a bladder infection. Use of catheters at home or in the hospital can also increase the chances of developing a urinary tract infection (UTI). Children may also develop a bladder infection although it is not common.
Urinary Tract Infections
Cystitis occurs when the urinary tract becomes irritated and then infected by bacteria. If left untreated the bacteria can travel further into the urinary system and cause a secondary kidney infection.
Bladder infections that are treated at the onset of symptoms with antibiotics usually resolve quickly. Most doctors discourage the use of over the counter treatments, especially long term. If you have a true bladder infection, a urinalysis lab test will be conducted to make the appropriate diagnosis and treatment will be provided. Other problems including interstitial cystitis can cause symptoms similar to a bladder infection, even though no infection is present.
Also in some cases diabetes can cause recurrent bladder infections. Visiting your local QuestCare Urgent Care Center provides you with the correct diagnosis and treatment while still valuing your time.
Preventing bladder infections is rather simple. Drinking plenty of clear fluids also keeps your body in balance and good condition. Cranberry juice is also beneficial according to some studies. Urinate regularly, do not hold urine and empty your bladder completely each time.
Wear cotton underwear and loose clothing to prevent heat and moisture buildup that can become a breeding ground for bacteria. Take showers instead of baths and wipe front to back to maintain good hygiene. These suggestions may prevent you from having recurrent episodes of bladder infections.
Contact QuestCare Urgent Care
Think you have a bladder infection and need to see a physician right away? Visit QuestCare Urgent Care near Southern Methodist University. Call ahead at (214) 368-4822 or schedule an appointment using our convenient online tool.