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Information on Cystitis

Cystitis is a medical condition in which the bladder gets inflamed and it is characterized by frequent urination urges and painful or stinging sensations during the passing of the urine. It can be triggered by certain types of infection, damage or irritation. Bacterial cystitis is always caused by an infection. If not treated on time it can lead to kidney infections.

Cystitis is a condition which occurs in women than it does in men because women have a shorter urethra and the opening of the urethra is very close to the anus which makes it very easy for numerous different types of bacteria to enter the bladder and infect it. Cystitis does not occur in men that often but when it does it may very serious in certain cases.

Sometimes it can be caused by some more serious underlying infection or an obstruction that blocks the urinary tract. It can also be triggered by an enlarged prostate. Male cystitis can be really painful in some cases and it affects gay men more than it does affect the other male persons. Mild cases of this condition can be cleared up in a few days by ingesting a lot of water and other fluids, taking over-the-counter painkillers. Severe cystitis may trigger fever and abdominal pain and is usually treated by using antibiotics.

Cystitis can be easily recognized by certain symptoms such as painful urination, vomiting, burning or stinging sensations during the urination, reduced appetite, frequent urination urges, irritability, dark urine, weakness, bloody urine, fatigue, abdominal pain and fever. It is very important to visit the doctor in order to diagnose the cystitis properly.

The symptoms of cystitis can sometimes be confused with symptoms of certain other medical conditions such as bacterium infection, sexually transmitted infections, yeast infections, vaginal thrush, urethral syndrome, inflammatory conditions of the urethra and inflammatory conditions of the prostate gland.

Causes of Cystitis

The most common causes of cystitis are certain types of bacterial infections which irritate the bladder lining. Sometimes the infection gets triggered when the bladder cannot be fully emptied due to pregnancy or some blockage in the urinary tract. The bacteria may be transferred during the insertion of a tampon, during sexual intercourse or when using a diaphragm as a contraceptive.

There are also other causes of cystitis. It can be caused during the change of a catheter, it can be caused by vigorous sexual intercourse too. Tight clothes and chemical irritants can sometimes be the cause. Sometimes the diabetes can trigger cystitis as well.

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