Prevention Mission Statement Prevention is the key to controlling The Pat Walker Health Center, both the onset of cystitis and its University Health Services provides severity. professional and comprehensive • Urinate frequently. medical care, mental health care, • Always drink plenty of fluids to health education, and health flush out the bladder and keep promotion for a diverse community the urine dilute. Avoid alcohol, of students, faculty, and staff. We, the caffeine, spices, and carbonated University Health Services Staff of the drinks. Pat Walker Health Center, have a • Keep the vaginal and anal area clean. Wipe front to back. Use commitment to physical, mental, spiritual, social, and emotional Urinary Tract health, the highest standards of mild soap and rinse well. Avoid using perfumed quality, and appreciation of the value of each individual. Through these Infection products, deodorant soaps, chemicals and/or bubble endeavors we support the educational mission of the University of Arkansas (Cystitis) baths. Wear cotton underwear and the growth of each individual. only and avoid tight fitted clothing. • Practice good hygiene around Pat Walker Health Center sexual activity. Use adequate University Health Services lubrication during intercourse 525 N. Garland Avenue and always urinate before and Fayetteville, AR 72701 after sexual activity. This helps wash out any bacteria from the (479) 575-4451 urethra. TTY (479) 575-4124 Website: health.uark.edu Accredited by Women’s Clinic Accreditation Association (479) 575-4478 for Ambulatory Health Care 525 N. Garland Avenue Fayetteville, AR 72701 A Member of Primary Medical Clinic the Division of Student Affairs (479) 575-4451 TTY (479) 575-4124 Last updated July 2005 Website: health.uark.edu Treatment What is Cystitis? • Cystitis must be properly diagnosed. A For most women, cystitis is a urinalysis is necessary for proper minor infection of the urinary system diagnosis. curable with antibiotics, but it can be • If the urinalysis indicates an infection, both painful and frightening. you will be given a prescription of antibiotics. It is important that you What Are the Symptoms? take all the pills prescribed for you. • Frequent, urgent need to Otherwise, some bacteria may remain urinate even when there is and start another infection. If you are little urine in the bladder. experiencing a lot of urinary pain a What Else Can Cause Recurring • Burning and pain when urinary analgesic, Pyridium, may be Cystitis? urinating. prescribed to relieve the burning pain. Chlamydia or gonorrhea, both • Blood in the urine. This medication will turn your urine sexually transmissible bacterium, are • Pain and pressure in the an orange color. believed to cause a large percentage pubic area. • You may be asked to return for a of recurring cystitis. Chlamydia and repeat urinalysis and/or a urine culture gonorrhea infection may result in Why Do Women Get Cystitis? after you finish your medication to typical cystitis type symptoms. The Sexual activity often precipitates make sure the infection is gone. diagnosis of chlamydia and cystitis. Intercourse can irritate the • If you have recurrent symptoms, a gonorrhea is more difficult and the urethra and contribute to the culture may be done to determine usual drugs for cystitis are not transmission of bacteria from the which drug will kill the bacteria. This effective. If cystitis symptoms anal area to the bladder. Bacteria also is important if you have frequent continue it may become necessary to can enter the urethra without infection, because the bacteria may be tested for chlamydia and preceding sexual activity. become resistant to some drugs most gonorrhea. often prescribed. Be sure to tell your health provider if you have had urinary What Are the Complications? tract infections before. A kidney infection is the greatest • If you continue to suffer from cystitis complication of cystitis. The bacteria may travel from the bladder, up the despite treatment and your best ureters into the kidneys. In addition to preventative measures, you may have a the cystitis symptoms you will have problem with body structure or a fever, pain in the back and sides, defect in your body’s immune system. nausea, and sometimes vomiting. An examination with an urologist (a Kidney infections are very serious, so physician who specializes in problems seek medical attention right away. of the kidneys and bladder) may be necessary.
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