A bladder infection is also known medically as Cystitis or popularly as a Urinary Tract Infection (UTI). One of the most common symptoms of a bladder infection is feeling the need to urinate frequently; such as every half an hour (1/2 hr) for example. The urinary system in the body is made up of the kidneys, the bladder, the ureters (tube connecting the kidneys and the bladder) and the urethra. The main purpose of the urinary system is to remove the waste in liquid form (that is, urine) from one’s body carrying this waste from the Kidneys to the bladder to be excreted in the urine.
Whenever bacteria enter the Urinary tract by way of the urethra, a bladder infection is likely to be the end result. The most common bacterium known to cause bladder infections is that which is popularly known as E. Coli (Escherichia coli). Another hygiene related issues that can cause bladder infections include the frequent use of catheters (not using them properly). Radiation in the pelvic area can also lead to inflammation of the bladder. In addition to frequent urination, symptoms of a bladder infection may include a painful burning sensation while passing urine as well as urine may or may not be cloudy and malodorous.
- Antibacterial soap
- Cranberry Juice
- A doctor’s visit
- Drinking lots of fluids is one of the best ways one can help prevent and in the end get rid of a bladder infection. Drinking lots of cleansing fluids will help to rid the bladder of any lingering bacteria that may be present. Not all fluids may qualify as cleansing fluids however. Coffee and alcohol are completely out of the picture where drinking fluids to clear bladder infections are concerned. In fact Coffee and Alcohol can result in just the opposite. Water and one hundred percent (100%) pure Cranberry Juice (not the sugary cocktail kind found in regular supermarkets), on the other hand, are perfect for cleansing the bladder of bladder infections.
- Whenever a bladder infection is bacterial in nature, they can be best treated with antibiotics to kill the bacteria. The most suitable antibiotics for one’s bladder infection will be determined by the kind of bacteria that is causing the infection. The kind of antibiotics that are useful as well as the dosage to be administered is something that should be decided by a trained physician. The length of time for which one will take these antibiotics will be determined by one’s physician.
- Finally, proper hygiene practices can go a long way in preventing bladder infections. Genitals and the anus can and should be kept bacteria free from a few tips. Firstly, one should urinate, before and after sexual intercourse so as to remove bacteria that may have gotten into the urethra. Washing hands with antibacterial soap after sexual activity and wiping from front to back after a bowel movement are also good hygiene practices that may help to ward off bladder infections.
Tips and Warnings
- Not all bladder infections are bacterial in nature and so are treated differently according to its kind. As such, it is necessary for persons who suspect they may have a bladder infection to consult a physician for proper diagnosis and subsequent instructions regarding how to go about treating the infection.