Cystitis and thrush are not normally serious health conditions, and can be treated with relative ease. A quick round of antibiotics can clear up cystitis, while vaginal thrush can be treated with a single-dose capsule, pessaries or cream. But, anyone who suffers from recurring episodes from either of these conditions can attest that it’s never fun to feel the first pangs of an infection coming on. They can be painful, and it’s a ‘pain’ to have to locate the medicines to treat them.
Certain lifestyle changes can help stave off cystitis and thrush before they start, and if you’re a woman who is prone to one or both of them, it pays to learn more about non-medical preventative measures. Read in full
If you’re plagued by cystitis you know the symptoms all too well – the burning, stinging feeling when you pass water, the urgency to use the toilet and needing to go more frequently.
You’ve described your symptoms to a doctor and had the urinalyses, but by now you may be pretty well able to recognise the onset of cystitis yourself. Women who have cystitis time and again (also known as recurrent cystitis) tend to do their research in order to try and avoid future episodes. Read in full
Cystitis can be a very embarrassing and painful condition, however if you’ve been suffering from cystitis it may be reassuring to know that you’re not alone. In fact cystitis affects nearly every woman during her lifetime, with around 1 in 5 experiencing recurrent episodes.
Cystitis is inflammation of the bladder and is usually a mild condition, although it sometimes requires antibiotic treatment to bring it under control. However, occasionally the infection can travel up into the kidneys, so it’s important to be aware of what the typical symptoms of cystitis are.
The most common symptom of cystitis is pain while passing water. This can vary from a slight discomfort to a burning sting. It can also create the feeling of needing to use the toilet frequently and urine may be cloudy and blood stained.
Cystitis is caused by infection in the urine. Active medical treatment of cystitis usually involves taking an antibiotic.
Most of the infections causing cystitis in the UK are cured with the antibiotic trimethoprim. There is some antibiotic resistance to trimethoprim, however it remains effective in 90% of cases. Read in full
Trimethoprim is the antibiotic most widely used by GPs to treat cystitis (urinary infections, urinary tract infections, UTIs). Most GPs prescribe a 3-day course of trimethoprim, although 5-day courses and even 1-day courses are sometimes prescribed. Read in full
Dr Fox carries out online consultations for cystitis for women who are prone to water infections. The antibiotic Trimethoprim is supplied on prescription and dispensed and posted from our partner NHS pharmacy.
Women who are prone to repeated urine / water infections can obtain Trimethoprim to keep at home. When the symptoms of urine / water infection start, an antibiotic to treat it will be at hand. Read in full