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Cystitis-prevention and cure

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Freewheelin Tue 29-Apr-14 21:30:51

What are the rules please?
I'm fighting my second bout with Boots sachets of horrible stuff, cranberry juice drink, homeopathic cantheris(sp) pillules, water and peeing.
Also does it tend to make you feel crap and under the weather generally, because I am.

Freewheelin Tue 29-Apr-14 21:32:06

After the last bout I made sure I peed before and after sex too. Fat lot of good.

celticghurl Tue 29-Apr-14 21:33:36

Stop having lots and lots off sex

Freewheelin Tue 29-Apr-14 21:39:45

hmm no way!?

celticghurl Tue 29-Apr-14 21:43:23

Lol thats what my gran says causes it. Dread to think how she explains her cystitis.... lol

MrsSpencerReid Tue 29-Apr-14 21:45:40

I found cranberry juice or cranberry tablets helped me, hope it's over soon, it's awful sad I have been known to sleep on the toilet when it's really bad!!

WhoNickedMyName Tue 29-Apr-14 21:48:04

Cranberry juice is good as a preventative but if you're using it during an attack it'll make it feel 10 times worse.

Plenty of water. When you go to the toilet wipe from front to back. Always pee after sex. If symptoms persist see your GP who'll do a dip test - If there's bacteria in your urine you'll need antibiotics.

tak1ngchances Tue 29-Apr-14 21:52:13

Here are my tips:
- Practise double voiding, where you finish wedding, get up wipe your bum etc then sit back down and get another few drips out
- Pee before sex
- wash before sex
- pee after sex
- wear cotton underwear
- avoid g-strings
- let air at your nethe regions as much as possible, ie no pants to bed
- drink plenty of still water, ideally at room temperature
- go light on the caffeine

Hope you feel better soon thanks

Freewheelin Tue 29-Apr-14 21:54:10

Any opinions on baths versus showers and soap use in the genital area? Feel like the shower/as little soap as possible and then only on bum route seems wise but want a bath.

claraschu Tue 29-Apr-14 21:55:49

Cranberry juice drink is mostly sugar, and won't help, I don't think.

My daughter has recurring UTIs and we got rid of the last one with very concentrated cranberry tablets called Cysticlean (I think), other cranberry tablets, and probiotics (she has had antibiotics recently for UTIs). I absolutely COULD NOT believe that this regime worked, and I was so pleased. We took advice from someone who really seemed well informed who runs a good health food store.

sunbathe Tue 29-Apr-14 21:55:59

My GP recommends ginger ale.
I also drink lemon barley water.

tak1ngchances Tue 29-Apr-14 21:56:20

You can bath, just don't use any products like bath gel and keep the water warm not hot. Best thing is to add bicarbonate of soda.
Fo the shower, just warm water is plenty.

Freewheelin Tue 29-Apr-14 21:58:43

Thank you tak1

Freewheelin Tue 29-Apr-14 22:00:26

I wondered about the sugar in juice drinks. Too much sugar is meant to aggravate it. And wine. sad

Freewheelin Tue 29-Apr-14 22:01:57

clara what form of probiotics?

CoteDAzur Tue 29-Apr-14 22:08:44

I don't know what "Boots sachets of horrible stuff" is so can't comment on that, but homeopathic whatever isn't going to work. You need urinary track antiseptic and antibiotic.

I used to get recurring cystitis. It was awful. Then a gynaecologist prescribed me an antibiotic treatment for the urinary track and the vagina and they just stopped.

In other words, don't faff around with sweetened weak fruit juices and woo. Get proper treatment.

Bonsoir Tue 29-Apr-14 22:09:18

Antibiotics (doxycycline) work wonders.

TinTinsSexySister Tue 29-Apr-14 22:22:59

You need antibiotics my friend.

And to prevent further outbreaks - never, ever dehydrate. I drink litres of water each day, 'tis the only thing that keeps it at bay.

And yes, you will feel properly crap until you knock it on the head.

I feel for you, I really do.

Southsearocks Tue 29-Apr-14 22:26:50

I had a course of trimethaprine and took one every time I had sex. I was given about six months worth. It worked and after years and years of UTIs I was free smile. Might be worth exploring if you get recurrent cystitis.

Freewheelin Wed 30-Apr-14 08:15:34

Had antibiotics last time but thought unless it went to kidneys you could fight it off on your own? Doctor seemed to indicate antibiotics were not normally given.
Working today and don't know how I'm going to cope.

Seeline Wed 30-Apr-14 08:31:18

I always have to have ABs and as far as I know it's never actually reached my kidneys. Sometimes I have a day of needing to pee a lot with some discomfort, but usually I wake up in the morning and first pee is really painful. Second time I'm peeing blood, in agony. ABs all the way sad

Seeline Wed 30-Apr-14 08:31:18

I always have to have ABs and as far as I know it's never actually reached my kidneys. Sometimes I have a day of needing to pee a lot with some discomfort, but usually I wake up in the morning and first pee is really painful. Second time I'm peeing blood, in agony. ABs all the way sad

longtallsally2 Wed 30-Apr-14 08:38:27

My "cure" is that at the first twinge, I run the bath and get in. Once out immediately into bed with a hot water bottle, and sleep/rest. If I can't get into bed a thick pair of tights for warmth (I have a summer pair, which I cut off just above the knees, so that my legs don't get too hot in a heatwave!!) Keeping the area warm goes against some of the other advice but works for me to fight off a dose, but only if I catch it really early.


Artistic Wed 30-Apr-14 08:43:25

I usually get bad attacks where the pee is literally opaque blood coloured. No way other than strong AB. It's usually a one off & doesn't recur. I've found that peeing before/after sex, peeing every 3-4 hours in the day & avoiding dehydration really help. But some people have recurring infections which could either indicate poor hygiene, not peeing enough, or immune deficiency where the bladder is unable to handle normal bacteria in the urine.

HotSauceCommittee Wed 30-Apr-14 08:45:02

I'm about to go to the doctors for the 8th course of antibiotics in the space of a year. The lavatory is a sea of red, I feel like I am peeing razor blades and I don't know how I'm going to make it. I just want to moan and to sympathise with you OP.

Check your urine doesn't smell differently. You'll probably need anti biotics and a day off work. Hope you feel better soon.

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