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Cystitis is an infection of the bladder and is most common in women, with around one in six getting cystitis each year. Children and men can also get cystitis, though for men the cause could be more serious, such as an underlying bladder or prostate infection, an obstruction or tumour, or an enlarged prostate. Women who have cystitis for the first time should consult their GP for advice, as should men, if they experience a feeling akin to passing white hot molten metal. Mild cystitis will often clear up on its own after 2-4 days, but over-the-counter painkillers like paracetamol or ibuprofen can be taken to reduce discomfort, and a trusty carton of cranberry juice can often relieve the symptoms of an attack. You should also abstain from sex until the infection has cleared up. We’re only talking a few days, so the nun’s habit and one-way ticket to the monastery isn’t necessary.

If you are worried that your child may have a urinary tract infection, then read our guide for parents on the Embarrassing Bodies: Kids website.

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I've had symptoms of Cystitis/UTI/water infection for the past month now, I get them quite regularly but am not sexually active. For the past month I haven't been able to work because of not just the discomfort but it's now giving me back pain and what feels like bad period pain. It's uncomfortable to pass urine and the pain remains after peeing aswell. I haven't had a period for near enough 2 years now but I thought I'd come back on because of the amount of blood I passed the other day, but then no other sign of more blood since? But urine seems to have redness and little clots of blood every now and then. Please help!





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Go to a doctor! It's gone to your kidneys. You need antibiotics.

I have picked up cystitis on my way on holidays for a few days. I have had this before and always went straight to Dr. I'm on day 4 of this pain now and I'm heading home in 2 days so wanted to hold of to see my own Dr. Should I get help with it now, it is dangerous to wait any longer? Holidays ruined!!





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I've been suffering every 3 months for the past year and also have mild symptoms all the time. I feel like I'm on my own with it no doctor seems to want to listen and says it's something I will just get over. However the last time I had to go to out of hours one doctor mentioned having my tubes stretched I mentioned this to my GP and he just laughed in my face has anyone else had this mentioned to them ?





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Yes! I'm 24, I have recurrent cystitis. I asked what can be done, They said short course of antibiotics, then trying a long course of antibiotics and then failing the above two an operation to surgically stretch or widen my tubes. My doctor has been very sympathetic and understanding. You need to go into another doctor surgery and request to join theirs due to demeaning doctors !!! I'm on my third occurance now so may be in for said op soon, will get back to you if so!!!

Hiya I'm 22 and have been a sufferer for as long as I can remember!!! I've had ongoing cystitis now for 2 years this is without a break... This is constant cystitis very single day!! I have been to the doctors had urine test also abdominal scans and everything is clear apparently. People say don't have sex while your suffering but I suffer everyday so I do on the odd occasion have to back down and let my partner get his way. We are both sick to death of it. The pain everyday is constant and simple things like sneezing makes me urinate a little yet apparently there's nothing wrong. Just 3 months ago I started getting dihorria as well as the cystitis and now now only does it hurt to pee it's now hurts to poo.. Every day I have dihorria now and I just hope somebody can give me advist for my poorly tummy!!!





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I'm 17 and i have been suffering with uti infections and bad cystitis for years and it recently become worse 6 months ago when i become sexually active. I have had many tests carried out in both doctors and hospital and all have come clear except for the fact that i have cysts on my ovarys, can this cause me to have bad cystitis all the time?!





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Hi my sister suffered for years with cystitis and was always on antibiotics. She scoured internet for a natural cure and found something called d'mannose. She tried it and it cleared it up immediately. Google it, its amazing stuff. I always keep it close too. Just in case as I too have been known to get the odd attack. It was voted natural product of the year 2014, for the brand I use.





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Where can we find d manozze cuz I live in Albania and im phasmacy i cant find it ? thanx

The brand I use is Sweet Cures waterfall d'mannose. They post to all over the world I think.

Can men catch cystitis and pass it on to another person





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I have had uti since I was a kid n I am now 26 and I go doctors to just be put on antibiotics I don't get any test done I went in hospital one time as it was so painful n after 6 lots of antibiotics it finally cleared up they scanned me for kidney stones because of the pain but I never had any plz help me as my doctor just gives me tablets n never helps





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Hi, I'm 17 and I've been suffering with cystitis for a whole year now, ever since I became sexually active. About 5 months ago I was prescribed trimethoprim and it worked wonderfully. My doctors however only finally prescribed me this after I had visited about cystitis well over 15 times. Never be scared to keep on going back about something!Anyway, thing is I stopped getting it for a whole 5 months, only other severe cystitis sufferers will understand how amazing it is to be able to stay that. Two days ago however, It came back. This is weird because me and my boyfriend hadn't even had sex the night before or that day. But I did need a wee for a really long time and had to hold it in for a few hours, have I damaged my bladder again?





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I've almost finished my course of trimethoprim only a day left. Do you think it's safe to have sex? My symptoms have almost gone and feeling better.





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