Cystitis can be painful, but you can take steps to ease your discomfort:
- Use a heating pad. Sometimes a heating pad placed over your lower abdomen can help minimize feelings of bladder pressure or pain.
- Stay hydrated. Drink plenty of fluids, but avoid coffee, alcohol, soft drinks with caffeine, citrus juices and spicy foods until your infection has cleared. These items can irritate your bladder and aggravate your frequent or urgent need to urinate.
- Take a sitz bath. Soaking in a bathtub of warm water (sitz bath) for 15 to 20 minutes may help relieve pain or discomfort.
If you have recurrent bladder infections, let your doctor know. Together, you can develop a strategy to reduce recurrences and the discomfort that cystitis can bring.
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