Cystitis is inflammation of the bladder, usually caused by a bladder infection. It’s a common type of urinary tract infection (UTI), particularly in women, and is usually more of a nuisance than a cause for serious concern.
Mild cases will often get better by themselves within a few days. But some people experience episodes of cystitis frequently and may need regular or long-term treatment.
There’s also a chance that cystitis could lead to a more serious kidney infection in some cases, so it’s important to seek medical advice if your symptoms do not improve.
Signs and symptoms of cystitis
The main symptoms of cystitis include:
- pain, burning or stinging when you pe
- needing to pee more often and urgently than norma
- urine that’s dark, cloudy or strong smellin
- pain low down in your tummy
- feeling generally unwell, achy, sick and tired
By Annarosa Petrucci