What Can I Do To Get Better?Wednesday, March 21, 2012 - 15:09
Older people, pregnant women, and people with diabetes should seek medical care as soon as symptoms of cystitis appear.
For others, simple bouts of cystitis often disappear on their own within a day or two, especially if they take certain steps to take care of themselves.
How To Information:
What you need to do
Going often to the bathroom helps wash
Here's more about fluids:
Try pain relievers
If pain is severe and continues after trying these steps, painkillers may help relieve symptoms. One kind, called phenazopyridine, is often used specifically to relieve painful urination. It requires a prescription.
Wash the bacteria out of your bladder by going to the bathroom every hour or so:
Clean carefully after a bowel movement
After having a bowel movement, women should wash the entire area carefully with warm soap and water. Be careful not to drag germs from the bowel area to the urethral opening.
To launder the cloths:
Following these steps essentially kills all germs on any dirty or contaminated cloth or clothing.
In general, if symptoms get worse despite self-care or do not improve within a day or two, contact your doctor or clinic.
Seek immediate medical care if you have the following conditions:
- Diabetes. Diabetes puts people with cystitis at risk for serious kidney infection.
Also seek medical care if you have:
- Fever over 101 degrees
- Nausea and vomiting
- Severe lower back pain right below the rib cage
- Blood or pus in the urine
- Uncommon vaginal discharge
Any of the following conditions also indicate a need to obtain medical care:
- History of heart or lung problems
- History of
kidney stones, kidney infections, or urologic surgery
- The last bladder infection was within the last two months
- More than three bladder infections have occurred during the past year
- Menopause has ended