Bladder Infection Q & A
The bladder can also develop an infection caused by bacteria called ‘cystitis’. A bladder infection is one of the most common infections among people. These could become dreadful with time if they are not seriously treated. Therefore, you should pay a visit to Family Urgent Care for proper treatment. Bladder infections have two categories:
Simple bladder infections:
The major reason for a simple bacterial infection is the migration of bacteria in the bladder. Women are suspected more of this infection due to the anatomy of their urinary system.
Complicated bladder infection:
As the name suggests, it arises due to abnormalities in the urinary system, which occurs mostly in males. The longer male urethra has the largest chance of developing a complicated bladder infection. Every bladder infection associated with males is said to be complicated.
Symptoms of bladder infection:
Just like any other illness, a bladder infection has symptoms too, which we feel the need to tell you because you must know when to see a doctor. Therefore, we have listed down some of the symptoms you might feel if there is any chance of the infection taking place in your bladder:
- The frequency of urination as compared to normal days increases. Not only this, but you may feel the need to pass urine every now and then, but the quantity passed is always small
- Irritation, discomfort, and burning while passing the urine becomes common
- Continuous lower abdominal pain is observed
- You might pass blood in the urine
- The smell of the urine is unpleasant and very strong as well
How do we make a diagnosis?
Well, Family Urgent Care does not rely on a single test or juts a few reports. Our doctors ask for the patient’s history, symptoms, and then a few tests like urine culture are conducted in order to analyze the type of bacteria. Doctors might ask for a urine sample to observe the bacterial growth and the pus in the urine.
After making a complete analysis and finding out every report favoring the presence of a bladder infection, our doctors prescribe the proper antibiotics to wipe out the bacteria completely. Women who suffer from bladder infections are prescribed a preventive course of antibiotics too.
How long could treatment take?
Usually, after starting the antibiotics course, the patients get symptom-free within three days, and there is no sign of infection. But those suffering from a complicated bladder infection might not recover within three days, and a longer period of recovery might be required.
How to prevent bladder infection?
Yes! There are ways to prevent bladder infections because this illness totally depends upon your habits. So, here is a list:
- Drink a lot of fluids (water and juices)
- Don’t hold the urine, go to the bathroom when you urge to
- Urinate after sexual intercourse
- Avoid smoking
- Avoid wearing tight pants
- Avoid the intake of caffeine and alcohol