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Bacterial Cystitis Treatments

Most mild cases of bacterial cystitis will clear up in a few days without the need of any medical treatment There are ways to manage this condition yourself at home or your GP may prescribe antibiotics. If you have never had cystitis before, are unsure whether your symptoms relate to cystitis or they are severe please make sure you see your GP.

CONSERVATIVE TREATMENTS

Over-the-counter Painkillers

A standard dose of paracetamol or ibuprofen can help to ease any bladder pain. Certain medications including painkillers are not suitable for everyone so please check that it is safe for you to use these types of painkillers.

Drinking Water

Drinking plenty of water is thought to help flush the bacteria out of your bladder and some people find that this helps alleviate their symptoms.

Cranberry Juice

There have been studies to find out whether cranberry juice can help prevent cystitis, however there is not enough evidence to back up the claims at the moment. Some people find that cranberry juice may help reduce their symptoms. It is important not to drink cranberry juice if you have interstitial cystitis as the levels of acidity could irritate the bladder further.

Sodium Bicarbonate & Potassium Citrate

These can be purchased over the counters at pharmacies and work by reducing the levels of acidity in your urine which will help to reduce the burning caused by cystitis.

MEDICINAL

Antibiotics

If your symptoms are severe or last more than a few days then your GP may prescribe antibiotics to clear the infection. If you suffer from recurrent cystitis then your GP may put you on a longer course low dose antibiotic to prevent the infection from returning.

THE INFORMATION ON THIS PAGE IS A GUIDE ONLY. IT IS IMPORTANT THAT YOU SPEAK TO YOUR GP OR A QUALIFIED HEALTH PROFESSIONAL BEFORE UNDERTAKING ANY TREATMENTS.

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