A frequent consultation to pharmacists of Farmacia Campoamor are urinary infections, also called cystitis, in young women.
Cystitis is the inflammation of urinary bladder. In women, because of the anatomical disposition of urethra, it is very easy that pathogens coming from the outside ascend through it, thus producing infection, many times recurrent, in young women.
The bacteria, responsible for most infections is E.coli —85% of symptomatic infections. This bacteria comes from the digestive tract, and since it also lives in the outer perianal area and, due to its proximity, it can pollute the urethral area.
WHAT SYMPTOMS DOES IT HAVE?
Cystitis has a very peculiar clinical picture, which presents the following symptoms:
Below information about cystitis is presented by Fundació Puigvert in its website, in case you want further information than that provided in our post: http://www.fundacio-puigvert.es/es/node/784
Usually the treatment for cystitis will be carried out with the antibiotic which your family doctor prescribes you —the use of fosfomycin for minor infections and quinolones for more serious infections.
In case of recurrent infections, very frequent in young women, Farmacia Campoamor recommends the call for an appointment with an urologist, which is specialized in female urology, in order to perform the treatment and to monitore of the patient until her full recovery.
As an adjunct treatment or in order to prevent infections, lingonberry or cramberry-based complements are very effective. In the following post of our phytotherapy blog, you have further information about the properties and available presentations of blueberry.
Apart from the use of blueberry as a preventive means, hygiene is foundamental. Tbe following recommendations to prevent urinary infections in women are from the National Library of Medicine of the U.S.A., and have been completed by Farmacia Campoamor.
Hygiene/Health recommendations to prevent urinary infections:
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