Beer drinkers will be glad to know that the average human bladder can hold at least 13 ounces of urine.
Yes, that's your urinary bladder at its best which also has the ability to contract and expand based on the amount of urine it holds – and which is probably why some people feel as if their bladder is going to "burst" if they don't go soon.
Taking a piss might seem like the simplest thing to do, considering the amount of practice we've had since our childhood but all this changes as soon as we have to cope with a form of urinary tract infection known as cystitis or a bladder infection.
Bladder Infection – An Introduction
If you aren't queasy already with the mere mention of the words 'bladder infection', hold on to your horses.
Simply put, a urinary bladder infection occurs due to the spread of the bacteria known as E.Coli by climbing up the urethra and into the bladder itself – a place where it doesn't belong.
What ensues is the unmistakable condition of a painful sensation while urinating and is probably one of the first bladder infection symptoms to watch out for.
As mentioned earlier, this is a form of urinary tract infection leaving women and older men most susceptible to such a disorder but make no mistake about it – younger men can get this infection if they're not careful. Younger men who tend to have large prostates or can't get enough action, actually…
The reason why this condition favors women, according to doctors, is because the length of their urethra is much shorter than that of men, making it easier for the bacteria to climb into the urinary bladder.
Since a bladder infection can result in irreversible kidney damage if not treated in time, it's probably a good idea to identify the symptoms related to a bladder infection in both children, men, women and senior citizens.
Bladder Infection Symptoms – A List
So, here is a list of common bladder infection symptoms:
#1: Painful or burning sensation when urinating
#2: Urine is reddish, milky, cloudy and smells bad
#3: If you urinate many more time than is considered normal
#4: If you feel pain above the pubic bone
#5: Presence of blood in the urine
#6: Symptoms such as irritation, vomiting, reduced appetite and weakness most common in children
#7: Fever, weakness, falls and even confusion which occurs in the case of older women
Preventing a Bladder Infection
It goes without saying that prevention is better than cure for most diseases but more so for a urinary tract infection.
Most of these reason stem around habits such as personal cleanliness, practicing safe sex (while being hygienic as well) and being careful with the use of catheter or antidepressants.
Keep in mind that people who drink a lot of water, cranberry juice , go immediately when they feel the urge and watch out for the types of birth control that can cause a bladder infection are the ones who tend to keep this infection at bay successfully.
With that said, here are a few home remedies for urinary tract infections that might also help you in combating the condition if you are dealing with it at the moment – especially if it's of the recurring type.