Traditional Chinese Medicine Therapy for Bladder Infection

Date:2014-11-21 click:


Cystitis is inflammation of the bladder, usually caused by a bladder infection, accompanied by odynuria, frequent urination, turbid urine, etc. It is essentially caused by a bacterial infection of the lower urinary tract. Technically speaking, cystitis is an infection of the bladder but the term is often used to describe any lower urinary tract infection that is characterized by a burning sensation when urine is being passed, along with urgent and frequent urinations.

Cystitis is more common in women because women have a short urethra. The urethra's opening is also located very close to the anus (bottom), which makes it easy for bacteria from the anus to reach the bladder and cause an infection. Almost all women will have cystitis at least once in their lifetime. Around one in five women who have had cystitis will get it again (known as recurrent cystitis).

Cystitis can occur at any age, but it is more common in pregnant women, sexually active women and women who have been through the menopause. However, it can be more serious in men because it could be caused by an underlying bladder or prostate infection, such as prostatitis, an obstruction in the urinary tract, such as a tumour or an enlarged prostate. Male cystitis is not usually serious if treated quickly, but it can be very painful. Men who have unprotected anal sex are slightly more at risk of cystitis.

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