Common cures for cystitis:

Cystitis is a condition of inflammation in the bladder lining, usually occurring in the urethra or bladder. It is quite common and is usually the result of a urinary tract infection. It can occur in both men and women, young and old, however it is most common in women and older men. The causes of cystitis vary but are usually related to an incomplete expulsion of urine from the bladder or urinary tract leaving a breeding ground for bacteria to grow. This is common in pregnant woman or men with an enlarged prostate. It can also be a result of kidney or bladder disorders, or if a part of the bladder is blocked. Frequent or vigorous sexual intercourse can increase the likelihood of cystitis in addition to using a diaphragm as a contraceptive.

Cystitis generally resolves itself within a few days, but occasionally an antibiotic will be prescribed which usually relieves symptoms in 1-2 days. However if you are experiencing blood in your urine, pain above the pubic bone or lower back, or if you are urinating too frequently or not enough, be sure to seek help from a physician. Your doctor will send a urine test to the lab and have a diagnosis in a short amount of time.

Natural remedies for cystitis:

If you are familiar with the symptoms of cystitis, or if you just want to help speed up the process of antibiotics, there are several natural remedies that can help cure your cystitis.

Drink plenty of water - By drinking fluids you give your body the chance to flush out the bacteria as well as dilute your urine to help ease some of the pain you may experience urinating due to the infection.

Pain Killers - Since it is just a matter of time before your condition improves, taking an over the counter pain killer can help reduce the pain in your abdomen or lower back, as well as help ease the pain urinating.

Cranberry Juice - Drinking unsweetened cranberry juice has been shown to both reduce the likelihood of contracting cystitis in addition to possibly reducing the symptoms. Cranberry juice has be proven to contain components that reduce and inhibit the growth of E. Coli, the bacteria that causes cystitis. It works be keeping the bacteria from sticking to the lining of the bladder and urethra walls allowing your system to flush it out. If you are unable to find unsweetened cranberry juice, taking cranberry tablets has also been shown to have the same effects on the condition.

Preventing cystitis:

You can prevent contracting a urinary tract infection in the future by continuing to consume 1/2-1 glass of unsweetened cranberry juice per day, urinating frequently, urinating after sexual intercourse, drinking plenty of fluids and wearing only cotton fabric underwear. The best first step is to try and isolate the cause itself. If you find yourself frequently holding your urine, start making an effort to use the restroom as needed. If you usually wear silk or nylon underwear, switch to cotton. Find a cure that works for you and be consistent with the method.