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Bladder Infection Symptoms – No time to be "pissing around"

Posted Dec 12 2011 8:05am


Almost every time a group of guys get together to watch a sport, regardless of which type it is, and one of the players get kicked in the nuts – you'll see grimaces accompanied by a word indicating the "pain" that they've felt at some point of time or the other, when put in a similar situation.

This pain can also be felt when a woman kicks you in the same place, and come to think of it, it's just as insulting and injurious as well.

But that's not all – certain conditions, as rare as they are for men, can cause pain in the same region, and which is what we will look at today.

What is a Bladder Infection?

Also known as a Urinary Tract Infection (UTI) or "cystitis", this condition usually occurs when there is an inflammation of the bladder. At least 20 % of women experience this condition once in their lives but men are susceptible as well, thanks to an enlarged prostate as they grow older.

The main reason for this infection to occur is because the bacteria (commonly E. Coli bacteria that is found in the gut) that normally travel up the urethra, enters the bladder, and multiplies, thanks to the stagnant urine which is present in the bladder.

Doctors say that the reason why women are more prone to suffering from this condition is because the urethra in women (leading up to the bladder) is much shorter than in men.

What must be kept in mind is that it is vital that a bladder infection is treated as soon as possible, and necessary precautions must be taken because this condition has a tendency to occur over and over again. Irreversible kidney damage can occur if you ignore the infection when it comes back, but this happens very rarely.

Elderly people also experience this infection and sometimes it is difficult to diagnose these symptoms because the bladder infection symptoms are usually not among the ones listed for cystitis.

Yet there's no doubt that in being able to identify common symptoms, we can save ourselves a lot of trouble.

Bladder Infection Symptoms

So here are some common symptoms of bladder infections :

1) Burning sensation or pain while urinating

2) Foul-smelling and cloudy urine

3) If you urinate too often

4) Pain above the pubic bone

5) Irritation, vomiting, reduced appetite and weakness are symptoms to look our for amongst children

6) Blood in the urine

7) Symptoms such as weakness, falls, confusion and fever in the case of older women

How to Prevent a Bladder Infection

For women, they have to be careful how they clean themselves (from front to back). Pregnant, postmenopausal women and people are their honeymoon can also get cystitis because of sex, and should be something to watch out for as well.

For men, it's the need to have sex or who grow their prostate for 'work' that have to be careful because they might not empty their bladder all that well.

Finally, people who use a catheter or antidepressants have to drink a lot of water as they can be prone to a bladder infection as well.

In Closing

No matter how you look at it – we can do without the pain, don't we? It's definitely not a time to be "pissing around"…

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