Cystitis is the medical term for an inflammation of the bladder. Most of the time, the inflammation is the result of a bacterial infection, but it can also be caused by irritation or damage. It causes an urgent and frequent need to urinate. Cystitis also causes burning or stinging when passing urine.
Mild cystitis usually clears up within 4-9 days. Moderate to severe cystitis can cause abdominal pain, or even fever, and may need treatment with antibiotics.
You should see your doctor if you:
- experience symptoms of cystitis for the first time
- have more than just mild symptoms, or symptoms do not go away, or if they worsen
- have had cystitis more than three times in one year