10 Cystitis Symptoms

By sarah-jane
Reviewed: dr. vanta
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Cystitis, an inflammation of the bladder, is commonly caused by a bladder infection that occurs when bacteria enter the bladder via the urethra. Bacterial causes are common for urinary tract infections, particularly in women. Interstitial cystitis occurs when the bladder is constantly swollen, but no infection is present. Other causes can include radiation therapies, chemical sensitivities and drug-induced cystitis.

Symptoms of the condition can vary, both in occurrence and severity. These symptoms are typically more bothersome than harmful, although people should seek medical attention in cases of unresolved cystitis. Mild cases of the condition typically resolve by themselves within a few days.1‘Cystitis.’ NHS.uk, 23 Oct. 2017, www.nhs.uk/conditions/cystitis

Frequent Urination

Urine is stored in the bladder before being expelled through the urethra. When the bladder is inflamed, its lining becomes irritated. This increases the sensitivity of the organ, making it unable to tolerate storing as much urine as it normally would, resulting in it trying to remove urine quicker.

Research suggests that most people pass urine no more than seven times each day. An increased frequency of urination is a major cystitis symptom. It's also one of the first symptoms to occur. Frequent trips to the bathroom can be annoying and inconvenient.2‘What is Interstitial Cystitis(IC)/Bladder Pain Syndrome?’ Urology Care Foundation, www.urologyhealth.org/urology-a-z/i/interstitial-cystitis


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