Cystitis – Understanding Bladder Infections

Cystitis, inflammation of the bladder usually caused by an infection, is a common occurrence in women, but it’s a less common and potentially serious condition for men. In men, the cause can be an underlying infection, an obstruction or tumor, or an enlarged prostate. It’s not serious if it’s treated promptly. However, the discomfort can be chronic and disabling. Untreated bladder infections can cause kidney infections and damage.


  • painful, burning or itching sensations during urination
  • a frequent or urgent need to urinate
  • cloudy, bloody or strong-smelling urine
  • lower abdominal pain
  • slight fever


If you experience the symptoms of cystitis, you should see your doctor immediately. An analysis and culture of your urine will be performed which will identify the kind of bacteria causing the infection. Antibiotics will then be prescribed to fight the infection. There’s also some evidence to suggest that drinking cranberry juice in addition to water can help fight a bladder infection.

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