Sadly, cystitis is incredibly common in women. Around 10–20% will get at least one attack of cystitis in a lifetime. The symptoms can be extremely unpleasant, and you may be desperate for help – and fast. Some women have recurrent urine infections, which can be very troublesome and annoying.
This information below is only for women with a suspected urine infection, and for stand-by non-urgent antibiotics.
If men think they may have a urine infection, this needs a totally different approach.
Read on to find out all you need to know about urinary tract infection, antibiotics and stand-by treatment.
Nitrofurantoin (MacroBID) is now available to women to buy online from Dr Fox in advance, ready for when needed. Nitrofurantoin is an antibiotic commonly used to treat uncomplicated cystitis. Buy online
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.
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