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Cystitis is inflammation of the bladder, usually caused by a bladder infection. It is less more common in men than women and medical advice for men and women with cystitis may be different. Have a look at these pages for more information.
Learn about causes, symptoms, diagnosis, treatment and prevention. Also take a look at the video: GP Dr Sarah Jarvis talks about how urinary tract infections (UTIs) are caused, the symptoms and the treatment options available.
A urine infection in the bladder (cystitis) is common in women. A short course of medicines called antibiotics is the usual treatment. Occasionally it may improve without the need for antibiotics. Cystitis clears quickly without complications in most cases.
If you only have the occasional bout of cystitis, you do not need to do anything or change your lifestyle. If you have recurring cystitis, take a look at this page to see what you may be able to do to help.
It is uncommon to have a urine infection if you are a man under the age of 50. The usual treatment is a course of a medicine called an antibiotic. Tests to assess the bladder, prostate, or kidneys are sometimes advised, particularly if the infection occurs two or more times within three months, or if a kidney is infected.
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