Acute Cystitis Prevention
- What It Is
- Risk Factors
- Living With
- User Questions
- Alternative Treatment
- Care Guide
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- When to Contact a Doctor
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- Resource Guide
How to Prevent Acute Cystitis
You can lessen your chance of having cystitis by preventing bacteria from entering the urinary tract. Of the following logical and commonly recommended steps, only the use of cranberry juice has been clearly shown to be of value in reducing infection risk.
- Drink plenty of liquids.
- Urinate when you have the urge and do not resist it.
- After sexual intercourse, empty your bladder and then drink a full glass of water.
- Wash genitals daily.
- If you're a woman, always wipe from the front to the back after having a bowel movement.
- Avoid using douches and feminine hygiene sprays.
- Drinking cranberry juice may help prevent and relieve cystitis.
- Avoid wearing tight underwear or clothing.
The above prevention recommendations apply largely to healthy young women at risk for bladder infections. Those with some of the unusual risk factors listed above, or women for whom the above suggestions do not reduce recurrence, may find other medically recommended prevention techniques to be useful.