What's The Difference Between Cystitis And A Urinary Tract Infection?


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Well, actually , cystitis is a type of urinary tract infection (UTI). A UTI is a bacterial infection that affects any part of the urinary tract, from top (kidneys) to exit (end of the urethra). The bacterial usually come from fecal matter (85% of UTIs are caused by E. coli.)

Most UTIs are bladder infections, often called cystitis (which literally means inflammation of the bladder). As UTIs go this is pretty minor. It may mean a sharp burning sensation when you urinate, but it does not usually escalate to fever or worse solutions. Home remedy is usually to drink cranberry juice and LOTS and LOTS of liquids to flush the blighters out. The most chemical common remedy is a strong alkaline solution, containing something like potassium citrate (sold by Chemists).

The other kind of UTI is kidney infection (pyelonephritis). This can be very serious. It should be treated with antibiotics quickly to prevent permanent damage to the kidneys. Symptoms include not just burning pain on passing urine, but also backache and fever.

UTIs in small children, especially girls, should always be treated very seriously because of the risk of kidney damage.

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