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NHS Choices: Cystitis


Learn about causes, symptoms, diagnosis, treatment and prevention. Also take a look at the video: GP Dr Sarah Jarvis talks about how urinary tract infections (UTIs) are caused, the symptoms and the treatment options available.

Cystitis is inflammation of the bladder, usually caused by a bladder infection. It is less more common in men than women and medical advice for men and women with cystitis may be different. Have a look at these pages for more information.

Patient: Cystitis in Women


A urine infection in the bladder (cystitis) is common in women. A short course of medicines called antibiotics is the usual treatment. Occasionally it may improve without the need for antibiotics. Cystitis clears quickly without complications in most cases.

Patient: Recurrent cystitis in women


If you only have the occasional bout of cystitis, you do not need to do anything or change your lifestyle. If you have recurring cystitis, take a look at this page to see what you may be able to do to help.

Patient: Urine infection in men


It is uncommon to have a urine infection if you are a man under the age of 50. The usual treatment is a course of a medicine called an antibiotic. Tests to assess the bladder, prostate, or kidneys are sometimes advised, particularly if the infection occurs two or more times within three months, or if a kidney is infected. 

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