Cystitis, or an infection of the bladder, is more common in women than men. In women, the urethra is shorter and offers a more direct path for bacteria to reach the bladder. E. coli is the most common associated pathogen, which is easily introduced from the intestinal tract. Proper hygiene is important, and when the bottom is wiped after a bowel movement, wipe away from the genital area.
Treatment Plan for Bladder infection
An herbal treatment program can include urinary tract acidifiers, urinary tract antiseptics, anti-inflammatories, mucous-membrane soothing herbs, and urinary tract tonics. Avoid spicy foods, cold drinks, caffeinated beverages, and sexual intercourse until the infection clears. Alternate hot and cold sitz baths can help bring blood to the area and dissipate the infection.