Going to the doctor with a bladder infection?

In principle, you can go to the doctor for any annoying ailment. This person will always want to help you with something that will counteract the symptoms or relieve the pain. But for some things it is not strictly necessary to see a doctor. One of those things is a bladder infection. This does not always require medical intervention. You can often treat a bladder infection yourself. A self-test can also give you a definitive answer as to whether it really is a bladder infection.

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  • What is a bladder infection?
  • How does bladder infection occur?
  • What can you do yourself against a bladder infection?
  • To the doctor or not?
  • Self-test for bladder infection

 

What is a bladder infection?

A bladder infection usually involves inflammation of the inner wall of the bladder, but the urethra can also be inflamed. You notice when you have a bladder infection because you feel the urge to urinate throughout the day. When you go to the toilet, often only a few drops of urine come out of the bladder. This usually hurts a lot and feels like a burning sensation when it leaves the vagina or penis. You can also sometimes feel a certain pressure in the lower abdomen or back. The urine of someone with a bladder infection often has a strong odor, is somewhat cloudy and, in rare cases, may contain blood.

How does bladder infection occur?

Bacteria are almost always the cause of inflammation. Women suffer from this more often than men, because the female urethra is a lot shorter. Bacteria that enter from outside therefore have a shorter route to travel. Then there are people who are at higher risk, especially men with an enlarged prostate and women who have prolapse. In that case, a layer of urine remains in the bladder, which in turn is a good breeding ground for the bacteria.

What can you do yourself against a bladder infection?

Four tips are very important to remember:

  • Drink enough. Although the story of drinking 2 liters of water per day is quite outdated, the fact remains that by drinking a lot you flush the bladder every time and thus give bacteria less chance.
  • Empty the bladder completely. A visit to the toilet is not the time to rush. It is important that all urine disappears from the bladder.
  • As a woman, try to urinate briefly after having sex.
  • Go for the cranberry juice. This is certainly a good tip if you already have a bladder infection. The pills that are currently sold at De Tuinen, for example, can also help.

 

To the doctor or not?

If there is a suspicion of a bladder infection in men or children, a doctor should always be contacted. In men it can indicate prostate problems and in children an abnormality of the urinary tract.
A woman can of course always contact her GP if she thinks she has a bladder infection. Don’t be afraid that the doctor will think this is pointless. It’s just usually not necessary. Bladder infections often go away on their own with sufficient fluids and regular cleaning of the vagina. However, this should not last longer than 8 days. When you go to the doctor, always take some urine with you that has been collected in a jar, preferably the first morning urine. After urinating, it should not be allowed to sit for more than two hours before you take it to the doctor’s practice.
As a woman, please contact us if:

  • The suspected inflammation persists for more than 8 days despite sufficient drinking.
  • There is a lot of blood in the urine.
  • The pain in the side is severe.
  • Fever also occurs.
  • There is pregnancy.
  • There is a suspicion of an STD.

 

Self-test for bladder infection

Do you want a definitive answer sooner or do you simply not want to go to the doctor unnecessarily? There is also a self-test or home test available that allows you to check your urine for bacteria responsible for a bladder infection. You can check whether you suffer from a bladder infection by dipping a test strip in the urine.

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