In summer there is an increase in consultations for cystitis and renal colic. Dr. Tudela, urologist of HLA San Carlos, gives a series of tips to avoid these ailments, more common in women than in men.
Cystitis is an infection of the bladder, which manifests itself in symptoms such as: urinating more frequently and with a burning sensation, blood in the urine, cloudy urine with a strong odor, pelvic discomfort, and sometimes, a low fever.
Causes of cystitis
The most common cause of cystitis is the entry of intestinal bacteria into the urethra. And this is made easier with the baths on the beach and in the pools, with the humidity of the swimsuits and with the changes in temperature. Other less frequent causes of cystitis are: reaction to certain medications, radiation therapy, and irritants such as spermicides or intimate hygiene sprays. It also influences the prolonged use of a catheter.
Treatment against cystitis
The most effective treatment against cystitis are antibiotics with urine culture, and drink plenty of fluids. The best is water. If cystitis is treated quickly and appropriately, there are usually no complications. Otherwise, it can lead to a kidney infection.
Another ailment that appears more frequently in summer are renal colic. They are distinguished by a very strong sudden pain, caused by stones in the duct that goes from the kidney to the urinary tract. The high temperatures produce more sweating and therefore, a more concentrated urine. Tips to prevent kidney colic: drink plenty of fluids, fruit and vegetables, and decrease salty foods, which can increase the amount of calcium in the urine.