12 Cystitis Treatment Tips

Cystitisis an inflammation of the bladder and is most often caused by a bacterial infection, which is referred to as a urinary tract infection, or UTI. 

Much less common causes for cystitis include a reaction to a drug, irritation from the use of feminine hygiene sprays or other such products, kidney stones, an enlarged prostate gland, or even sometimes from long term use of a catheter. Radiation treatment may also cause cystitis.

Symptoms of Cystitis

Symptom of cystitis may include:
•    Hematuria, or blood in the urine
•    A feeling of fullness or pressure in the abdomen
•    A painful burning sensation when urinating
•    Urine appears cloudy
•    The urge to urinate frequently
•    Only being able to pass a small amount of urine
•    Chills and fever
•    Pain during sex
•    Urine may have a foul odor
•    Nausea
•    Painful feeling in the pelvic area
•    Overall feeling of ill health

Home remedies for Cystitis

For cystitis caused by a urinary tract infection, there are several cystitis treatments that you can do at home. 

These include:
1.    Cucumber juice
Mix 1 cup cucumber juice with a teaspoon of lime juice and teaspoon honey. Drink this mixture 3 times daily.
2.    Lemon juice
Add 1 teaspoon fresh lemon juice to a cup of boiling water and allow to cool.  Drink this mixture several times a day to relieve the burning sensation caused by cystitis.
3.    Baking soda
Mix 1 teaspoon into a full 8 ounce glass of water and drink this mixture three times daily. Baking soda increases ph in the urine and helps to relieve the painful, burning sensation.  Those with high blood pressure or on salt restricted diets should not use the baking soda remedy.
4.    Increase water consumption
You should drink at least 8 ounce glasses of water every hour during the first 24 hour period of cystitis.  Water will help flush out bacteria from the urethra by increasing the frequency of urination.
5.    Drink cranberry juice
Cranberry juice has been proven to be an effective home remedy for cystitis.  A recent study found women recovered much more quickly from cystitis when drinking cranberry juice. At the first sign of cystitis symptoms, begin drinking cranberry juice.  Four 8-ounce glasses should be consumed daily. Note: Those on blood thinners, such as Coumadin or warfarin, should avoid drinking large amounts of cranberry juice, as it can cause bleeding.
6.    Pure vegetable juice
Vegetable juice, especially carrot juice, has been found to be effective at treating symptoms of cystitis.
7.    Grapefruit juice
Drink at least three glasses of grapefruit juice, or enjoy a grapefruit for breakfast or lunch.  Grapefruit helps prevent bacteria from sticking to the bladder wall by making the urine highly acidic.
8.    Rose hips
The herb, rose hips, creates an acidic environment, causing bacteria to die.  At the first sign of infection, begin taking the herb.  It’s important to take this for at least five consecutive days. Rose hips can be found at health food stores. Follow the dosage instructions on the label.
9.    Rest
It’s important to get plenty of rest. Spend as much time as you can in bed during the first few days of cystitis.
10.    Use a heating pad for pain relief.
Apply a heating pad or warm towel to the pelvic area to relieve pain.
11.    Take a warm bath
Soak in a warm tub of water for at least 15 minutes twice a daily to relieve the pain and burning sensation of cystitis.
12.    Limit coffee and alcohol
Alcohol, coffee and other drinks that contain caffeine can worsen symptoms of cystitis.

Steps to take to Avoid Recurrence of Cystitis

Many people who get cystitis have recurring bouts with the infection. Take the following steps to lower your chances of getting cystitis again in the future.

•    Drink cranberry juice on a regular basis.
•    Avoid tight fitting clothes.
•    Wear cotton underwear.
•    Cut back on alcohol consumption.
•    Eat a well-balanced diet.
•    Don’t put off going to the bathroom.  When you hold in urine, you are allowing the growth of bacteria.
•    Urinate after sex.
•    Eat yogurt, the good bacteria, to keep bacteria levels balanced.
•    Drink plenty of water, at least 64 ounces daily, to flush bacteria from the system.


While these cystitis treatments often prove successful, sometimes it is necessary to take antibiotics. If symptoms worsen, or if you are running a high fever, see your physician who may prescribe antibiotics.



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