Bladder Infections

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Bladder Infections

Is the swell of the urinary bladder which Develops in a prickling pain, which quickly becomes a burning, warm sensation during urination.

What to look for

The frequent need to urinate with little result. Your urine has a strong, foul odour and sometimes a dark brown/orange colour A burning sensation when urinating, in the elderly: lethargy, incontinence, mental confusion. In serious cases, these symptoms may be accompanied by fever and chills, stomach pain, or blood in the urine. This condition affects women much more than men. A women’s physiological make up makes it too easy for bacteria to travel from the bowel opening to the urethra (this is the tube coming out of the bladder) this makes it easier for bacteria to migrate into the bladder. Bladder infections is not serious if treated quickly. But recurrences are common in vulnerable people and can lead to kidney infections, That is more serious and may result in permanent kidney damage.

In elderly people, bladder infections are often difficult to diagnose because the symptoms are less vivid and are often blamed on aging.


Usually caused by many strains of "E. coli", the bacteria generally found in the intestines. Intercourse can be the result of bladder infections in women, this can push bacteria up into the bladder through the urethra.

"Honeymoon disease " is an infection that some women get almost every time they have sex. Then bacteria rapidly reproduce in the foul urine left in the bladder.  Some people develop symptoms of a bladder infection when no infection actually exists. These disorders are usually harmless but are difficult to treat. .

The bladder infections that most women get, clear up quickly and are somewhat harmless. However, in men a bladder infection is almost always a symptom of an primary disorder and is normally regarded as cause for more concern.

The contraceptive diaphragm or cap may lead to an attack of cystitis as leftover amounts of urine can get trapped in it and become a breeding ground for bacteria. Also the contraceptive pill affects the hormonal system and has been shown to make women using it more susceptible to clear disorders such as thrush which can also trigger cystitis.

Dietary Considerations

Drinking plenty of water to keep you urinating regularly to flush out your urinary tract thoroughly is one of the most effective means of fighting a bladder infection. Avoid drinking coffee, chocolate milk, black tea, citrus juices and beverages cause this might irritate the urinary tract and worsen the burning you should also avoid potentially irritating foods such as spiced dishes, sugar, tomatoes, artificial sweeteners, citrus fruits, and vinegar until the infection is gone.

Wait for at less 10 days after the burning is gone before introducing these foods and drinks one at a time into your diet. Generally you should eat a balance diet Vitamin C increases the acidity of urine, which restricts the growth of bacteria but can also Meddle with the action of some antibiotics, making them less effective.

Personal Care

You should drink cranberry juice daily and take Cranberry Tablets to relieve the symptoms Saline drinks may help relieve the burning in the area Urinate as soon as possible when you feel the urge, and make sure you empty your bladder completely each time. You should urinate immediately after intercourse -this flushes out any bacteria that have got into the urethra  Drink plenty of water.

 When to seek further professional advice

you have the pain and burning sensation more than 24 hours after trying self-help treatments. If an left it could become serious . Then painful urination is accompanied by vomiting, bloody urine, chills, fever or abdominal or back pain; it may indicate potentially life threatening kidney disease, a bladder or kidney tumor, or prostate infection. Seek medical help immediately. the burning is followed by a discharge from the vagina or penis, this is a sign of sexually transmitted disease, pelvic inflammatory disease, or other serious infection. See your doctor without delay.

Alternative/Natural Treatments

Herbal Therapies - Cranberry is the most popular herbal remedy for cystitis sufferers. it is either a capsule or tablet follow the description.  Another herb useful in treating bladder infections is nettle, which has been shown to have anti-inflammatory properties. Homoeopathy - Depending on the symptoms, they recommend a number of different remedies to help relieve the pain of a bladder infection. these are the 3 recommended remedies: If the urge to urinate is very strong and the burning is intense - Cantharis. If you undergo painful cramping with urination or your urine is very dark or bloody - Mercurius corrosivus. For women whose infections are caused by sexual contact - Staphysagria. Seek professional help for exact dosages. Aromatherapy - Adding certain requirement oils to the bath can reduce the symptoms of this problem. Try putting in a 5 - 6 drops of the required oils of pine, cedarwood, parsley, juniper, sandalwood, eucalyptus, cajuput or chamomile

Traditional Treatment

Mild bladder infections often clear up to simple home remedies. But if you experience no relief within 24 hours, you should advise a doctor for more aggressive treatment. Do not just ignore the problem and hope it goes away. Bladder infections are treated with antibiotics to clear up the infection and by increased intake of fluids to flush out the urinary tract. After the treatment has run its course, you may be asked to come in for a follow-up urine test to make sure your bladder is free of all signs of infection. If you suffer from frequently bladder infection you doctor will prescribe low dosage antibiotics . Patients whose infections are related to sexual activity may be given a small dose of antibiotics to take each time they have sex.

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Author - Body and Mind

Published - 2013-01-18