Bladder Infection Treatment

Thursday, January 12, 2012

About 40 percent of women and 12 percent of men have a bladder infection at some time in their life. Dr. Edward Hill discusses treatment for this condition in todays 60 Second Housecall.

Dr. Hill:

Cystitis is an infection in your bladder that is caused by bacteria. If you have a bladder infection, you may feel pain when you urinate or have an unusually strong need to urinate. You may also urinate more often and have pain in your lower stomach.

Bladder infection usually happens in healthy women of reproductive age. It is normal to have bacteria that live around your urethra, which is where urine comes out. These bacteria usually are not harmful. However, sometimes they can get into your bladder. You may be more likely to get a bladder infection if you hold your urine for a long time.

Your doctor will usually prescribe three to five days of antibiotics. It may be helpful to drink more water. You can also take over-the-counter pain medicine.

See your doctor if your symptoms get worse, or if you have nausea, vomiting or a fever higher than 100.1 degrees. Rarely, some people will need to go to the hospital because of complications from a bladder infection.

For North Mississippi Medical Center, Im Dr. Edward Hill.