High temperatures, sweat or bathing in pools and beaches can favor the appearance of the dreaded cystitis.
This recurrent condition in the summer period is not serious, but it can be annoying and make your holidays sour.
Therefore, specialists from the Cystitis Information Center offer a series of tips practical to prevent their appearance.
A very common infection among women
Specialists say that half of women are exposed to having an episode of cystitis throughout their lives. In addition, it is more common in young women, from 20 to 40 years old.
This is because the anatomy of women, who have a very short urethra and close to the anal opening, it favors the passage of microbes to the bladder.
Generally, this infection is caused by bacterial germs, being the E. Coli the person responsible for 85% of cases.
The normal thing is that this bacteria It is eliminated by vaginal discharge and the antibacterial properties of urine, but if it is not, that is when the condition appears.
Cystitis is a inflammatory disease of the lower urinary tract. Its main symptom son:
Cystitis and summer: are there more causes?
Although this infection can appear at any time of the year, it is More frequently during the summer.
After bathing in beaches and swimming pools we do not usually change or bikinis or swimsuits and this humidity it can upset the balance of beneficial microorganisms in the vaginal area.
Another reason is the appearance of a increased perspiration which can increase incidence.
However, sexual intercourse They are also a cause of cystitis due to a possible carry-over of bacteria from the urogenital area towards the urethra and vagina.
How to prevent cystitis
To prevent this type of infection, the Cystitis Information Center issues a series of recommendations.
Among them, the key is to take an approximate intake of one and a half liters of water daily and above all avoid retaining urine.
Along the same lines, you have to take into account always urinate after sexual intercourse and use protective barriers that are not harmful.
It is also recommended to keep a adequate hygiene of the intimate parts. It is very important to clean yourself properly every time you go to the bathroom.
The correct form is front to back so as not to contaminate the entrance of the urethra with fecal remains.
Likewise, washing the genitals and anal area with intimate soap that respects the normal pH of the vagina, and use compresses and cotton underwear that promote perspiration.
Finally, they advise incorporating the taking medicinal plants like lingonberry, D-Mannose, heather, and probiotics.
The components of these plants prevent the bacteria responsible for these infections from adhering to the bladder walls.
What can you do to alleviate it if it happens to you?
In case of suffering from cystitis you can put into practice simple measures at home that will allow you to alleviate the problem more quickly.
The key is in increase the amount of water that you drink, something that will help your urinary tract to clear.
You can also use warm compresses on the lower abdomen to relieve and minimize the sensation of pressure and pain in the area.
Avoid coffee, alcohol, soft drinks with caffeine and spicy foods until the infection clears is another key.
Finally, a bath in the bath for 15-20 minutes to ease discomfort.
Eddie is an Australian news reporter with over 9 years in the industry and has published on Forbes and tech crunch.