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Dr. Kennedy Cystitis is a generic term indicating inflammation of the urinary bladder. Cystitis can be due for example to infection from bacteria that ascend the urethra (the canal from the outside) to the bladder. Symptoms include a frequent need to urinate (urinary frequency), often accompanied by a burning sensation (dysuria). As cystitis progresses, blood may be observed in the urine (hematuria) and the patient may suffer cramps after urination. In young children, attempts to avoid the pain of cystitis can be a cause for daytime wetting (enuresis). Treatment includes avoiding irritants, such as perfumed soaps, near the urethral opening; increased fluid intake; and antibiotics. Untreated cystitis can lead to scarring and the formation of stones when urine is retained for long periods of time to avoid painful urination.

When cystitis recurs repeatedly, it is termed chronic cystitis and requires a special treatment.

The information in this article is not meant to be medical advice.�Treatment for a medical condition should come at the recommendation of your personal physician.

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