Definition of "cystitis."
It is an inflammation of the bladder frequently caused by bacteria.
It is the most frequent site of infection within the urinary tract.
Factors that may increase risk of cystitis.
Sex (women have a much greater incidence than men).
Obstruction (prostatitis, calculi, etc.).
Poor personal hygiene.
Signs and symptoms of cystitis, although infection may be present with no symptoms.
Burning upon urination.
Frequency of urination.
Low back pain.
Nausea and vomiting.
Measures to prevent cystitis.
Void frequently to empty bladder completely.
Avoid delaying the urge to void.
Void after sexual intercourse.
Perform good hygiene, such as wiping from to back.
Drink fluid intake of two to three quarts per day, if not contraindicated.
Eat a well-balanced diet. (Provide "Daily Food Guide" handout.)
Eat an acid-ash diet (meat, cheese, prunes, cranberries, plums, eggs, and whole grains).
Avoid carbonated beverages, baking powder or soda, vegetables.
Avoid caffeine and alcohol.
Report early signs and symptoms of infection to the physician.
Take medication as instructed.
Shower instead of bathe to decrease possibility of bacteria entrance.
Exercise regularly to prevent urinary stasis.
Possible complications of cystitis.
Infections of kidney or ureters.