What Is the Treatment for Cystitis?


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The treatment for cystitis, also known as bladder infection or urinary tract infection, depends on the underlying cause, according to the Mayo Clinic. Cystitis caused by bacterial infections is treated with antibiotics taken from three days to a week for first-time UTIs, depending on how severe the infection is, states Mayo Clinic. Frequent UTIs may require longer courses of antibiotics.

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What Is the Treatment for Cystitis?
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UTIs that are caused by hospital-acquired bacteria may be resistant to commonly used antibiotics, and may require different medications. UTIs in post-menopausal woman may be treated with a vaginal estrogen cream, if it does not cause other problems, states the Mayo Clinic. Treatments for cystitis when the cause is unknown include inserting certain medications directly into the bladder, stretching the bladder with water or gas, and using electrical impulses to stimulate the nerves, according to the Mayo Clinic, which advises avoiding possible irritants such as bubble bath and spermicides, which may cause cystitis. Home treatments include using a heating pad and sitting in a tub of warm water for 15 to 20 minutes to help ease discomfort. Drinking plenty of water to flush out the bladder, urinating frequently throughout the day, showering rather than bathing and wiping from front to back after going to the bathroom may reduce the risk of cystitis.

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