Cystitis: These tips really help

It's hellish. This burning sensation, as if a sharp blade were cutting your innermost heart while urinating. And although it hurts so much, you have to go to the bathroom permanently. Hardly a woman who does not suffer from cystitis at least once in her life, most even several times.

How does a bladder infection develop?

The fact that a bladder infection especially women meets, is due to nature: unlike the masters of creation is in fact because the urethral opening closer to the intestinal exit. In addition, the urethra is about four centimeters shorter, so that (intestinal) bacteria simply easier game to nest here and evoke a urinary tract infection. But also through frequent sex more bacteria can get into the urinary tract; One speaks then of the so-called Honeymoon Cystitis. If you think that now special hygiene measures are appropriate: Wrong. By too frequent, hot or ph-aggressive washing, the vaginal flora loses its protective ph value, so that bacteria can penetrate more easily. Fortunately, early-recognized cystitis is usually harmless and good to treat yourself. However, the disease has a tendency to return and may even become chronic. But even complicated urinary tract infections, in which the kidneys are affected, do not result in permanent damage when treated properly.

Symptoms: How do I recognize cystitis?

  • Anyone who has ever had cystitis, will know the first time he pulls on what he is. It feels like a fine stinging in the area of ​​bladder and ureter.
  • The urination burns, usually intensifies this burning in the course of the disease still.
  • You have the constant urge to have water – but the amount eliminated is low.
  • This can lead to redness of the vagina.
  • Some women also complain of abdominal cramps and fever.
  • Depending on the nature of the pathogen, the urethra may also produce a foul-smelling, purulent discharge.
  • Very high fever, chills and accelerated heartbeat can be signs of sepsis (blood poisoning). Then you should see a doctor as soon as possible!

How do I prevent cystitis?

The most important strategy: Always wipe the toilet from the front to the back so that you do not smear the intestinal bacteria in the direction of the urinary tract. Leaving water on the toilet after sex also helps to flush out the pathogens. Drinking water regularly helps flush the urinary tract and the body well, thus preventing the implantation of bacteria.

What helps quickly against cystitis?

In fact, you can get a starting bladder infection by home remedies quite well under control. Drink now more than usual (2 – 4 liters). Cranberry juice, goldenrod and bearberry leaf tea have a soothing effect. In the pharmacy you get high-dose cranberry capsules, which you can also take over a long time. Also hot water bottles, which are placed on the abdomen, help. In addition, it is said that salt liquorice changes the pH of the urine so that bacteria have no chance. A similar effect is said after baking soda. From the first draw in the bladder you should therefore dissolve a pinch of baking soda in a glass of water and drink. But beware: unless the symptoms improve within the next two days, a visit to the doctor is essential to prevent the extent of cystitis from becoming chronic. This is said when four or more acute bladder infections occur each year. Thus, the treatment can provide protection against re-infection. He will prescribe you an antibiotic.