Is urocystitis(cystitis) infectious?

Health Description
Health Consultation Description: Is cystitis infectious?

Expert Reply

Condition analysis:
No, it’s a bacterial infection that cannot be caught and cannot spread to another person.

It may appear to be spread by sexual contact, but the reason that it is more likely after sexual activity is because bacteria often get a chance to travel from the anal area to the urinary tract opening during sex. This is why it is helpful to empty the bladder after sex and always wipe from the front (urinary tract) to the back (anus) after using the toilet.

For the same reason, it is sensible to be careful when inserting tampons, always washing hands before and after, and avoiding bruising or otherwise damaging the tissues (making them less resistant to infection), or spreading bacteria.

Drink more water: Why it helps: Water flushes out the bacteria in your bladder, helping to eliminate the infection faster. It also dilutes your urine, so urination may be less painful. Urine is made of waste products and acids from your body. Concentrated, dark urine is more acidic and is sometimes more painful to pass when you have a bladder infection. Diluted urine is lighter in color and usually doesn’t burn as much.

Do this:
Drink at least 10 glasses of water each day. You should also avoid caffeinated drinks, including coffee, tea, and soda. Caffeine can irritate your bladder even more when you have an infection.

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