451_163Classic symptoms of cystitis include:

  • a stinging or burning sensation when you pass urine, also called dysuria
  • the need to pass urine more often (frequency)
  • an urgent need to urinate, even if you pass very little or no urine.

Mild cystitis usually clears up by itself within 4-9 days. However, you should seek medical advice if you experience more than just mild symptoms such as:

  • painful urination
  • blood in your urine
  • pain in your lower back or side
  • fever and chills
  • nausea and vomiting

Symptom checklist:

If you experience cystitis symptoms, complete this checklist. Print it and be sure to bring it with you when seeing a healthcare professional. It could be handy when discussing your condition with your pharmacist or your doctor.

  • a stinging or burning sensation when you pass urine (dysuria)
  • the need to pass urine more often (frequency)
  • feeling you want to urinate urgently, even if you pass very little or no urine (urgency)
  • cloudy, dark colored or strong smelling urine
  • blood in your urine
  • pain in your lower back, side or abdomen, or directly above the pubic bone
  • feeling generally unwell
  • fever and chills
  • nausea and vomiting
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When to see your doctor

If you’re generally in good health,
you may not need to see your doctor, as cystitis
often clears up by itself within 4-9 days.
 
 
References 1 2 3

However, you should contact your doctor if you:

  • experience cystitis symptoms for the first time
  • have blood in your urine
  • have a fever above 38ºC or 100.4ºF
  • have severe pain or symptoms do not go away, or worsen
  • have had cystitis three times in one year 1 2 3