Cystitis and UTIs
Cystitis is a common but uncomfortable complaint affecting the bladder that can usually be treated with a short course of antibiotics. Come to Harmony Health at Murrays Chemist in Harrow for cystitis treatment.
What is Cystitis?
Cystitis is a type of urinary tract infection (UTI) in which a bacteria causes inflammation of the bladder.
Cystitis affects both men and women however it is more common in women. In fact, half of all women will have cystitis at some point in their lives. Women are more likely to get cystitis because their urethra (the type the connects to your bladder out of which urine comes out) is shorter than men. Plus the urethra is closer to the anus so the transfer of bacteria is more likely.
If you think you have cystitis or a different UTI, it’s important to get treatment. Cystitis can lead to a kidney infection and, rarely, UTIs can trigger sepsis.
Other types of UTI
UTIs affect any part of the urinary tract and include:
- Kidney infections cause pain in your side and back, high fever, nausea and vomiting
- Bladder infections (see below for symptoms of cystitis)
- Urethra infections burning sensation when you pee and a discharge.
What are the symptoms of cystitis?
There are several symptoms that indicate you have cystitis rather than a different UTI:
- Needing to urinate more frequently sometimes with little or no urine.
- Burning or stinging when you urinate
- Cloudy-looking urine
You are less likely to but may experience these symptoms:
- Blood in the urine
- Abdominal pain
You’ll need two or more of these symptoms for your pharmacist to diagnose you with cystitis.
What cystitis treatment is available?
If we diagnose cystitis, we will likely prescribe you a short course of antibiotics.
However, if you have had cystitis in the last four weeks, or you have had two or more infections in the last six months, you will need to see your GP instead.
How do I get cystitis treatment in Harrow?
Murrays Chemist on Kenton Road offers cystitis/UTI consultations where a pharmacist will diagnose and possibly prescribe treatment. Appointments take place in our private consultation rooms.
You can book an appointment online today.