How Can I Prevent Further Attacks?Wednesday, March 21, 2012 - 15:08
Almost all people who have recurring cystitis have nothing seriously wrong. People with more than three bouts a year may need to see a urologist.
Many people who suffer recurring bouts may simply do common things that make them more susceptible. Here are some steps you can take to help prevent cystitis:
- Urinate frequently. This is the single best prevention.
- Drink lots of fluids.
- Women should always wipe front to back.
- Keep the perineal area clean to avoid spreading bacteria from the anal area to the urethra.
- Wear underwear made of cotton only-not silk, nylon, or other fabrics.
- Harsh soaps
- Bubble baths
- Feminine hygiene sprays
- Deodorized tampons
- Hot tubs that may not be kept clean
- Anything tight-fitting for long periods of time. This includes tummy control panties, girdles, stretch pants, or shorts.
- Underwear made with polyester, nylon, or stretch materials.
It's important to urinate when you feel the need, instead of waiting. Many people hold their urine in, but this is a bad habit. If work interferes with the ability to take a bathroom break, make some adjustments. For example:
- Teachers who cannot leave the classroom.
Solution: Ask a neighboring teacher to watch your classroom for a few minutes.
- Workaholics so absorbed in a project that they forget to go.
Solution: Keep bottled water by your desk and drink often. Set an alarm to go off every hour or two. Then stop working and go!
Nice To Know:
How the congressmen did it
Filibustering members of Congress solved the "can't go to the bathroom now" problem years ago by rigging up a funnel and tube that connected the urethral opening to a container strapped onto their leg. The whole setup stayed hidden beneath their clothing.
How To Information:
Cystitis and Sexual Intercourse
Nearly all women with recurrent cystitis notice the onset of infection within 24 hours after intercourse. This happens because:
To help avoid an attack while enjoying your sexual relationship:
Other causes of repeated attacks of cystitis include:
- Obstruction or blockage. Anything that obstructs or blocks the urinary tract, such as a kidney stone, can lead to repeated attacks of cystitis. Certain tests can detect these conditions. Treating the underlying cause may solve the problem.
- Injuries. Any damage to the lower back area can affect the nerves connecting to the bladder and make it impossible to empty it completely.