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CYSTITIS

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DEFINITION:– infection of the bladder

Symptoms:

  • Frequent, urgent need to urinate
  • burning or painful sensation during urination (dysuria)
  • urinary incontinence
  • fever (rare)
  • pain usually above the pubic bone and lower back
  • nocturia
  • cloudy urine with visible blood

Complications –

  • Kidney infection

Causes:

  • Bacterial infection due to –
  • improper toilet habits (females who wipe from the back to the front);
  • irritation to the urethra or bladder;
  • prostate disorders;
  • catheter use

High risk –

  • Female
  • Diabetes
  • Bladder disorders

Treatment:

Lifestyle Recommendations

  • Drink lots of water to flush the bacteria out
  • Urinate frequently
  • Women: wipe from the front to the back
  • Empty the bladder after sex
  • Avoid feminine hygiene sprays and douches

Supplement Recommendations

  • Drink lots of fluids; cranberry juice
  • Include the following in your diet as they are natural diuretics and UT cleansers: watermelon, celery, parsley (also parsley tea)
  • The leaves and juices from the stems of the Nasturtium plant are used in the treatment of cystitis

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