Q. I have been spending lot of
time running to the bathroom but when I try to pass urine nothing
much comes out and when it does it burns…. At times when level
of infection is high I develop chill with high fever, pain in vagina,
difficulty in passing urine with severe burning. I have got this infection
since last 5 years. It happened just after my marriage and doctors
call it “Honeymoon Cystitis” (though honeymoon is over
ages ago!). I am tired of taking different antibiotics with reputed
urine culture and sensitivity test. (Very expensive too! ) Also my
body is feeling weak because of strong drugs…! Can homoeopathy
cure my “honeymoon cystitis?”
A. A common bladder condition
is called “honeymoon cystitis”. It is usually the result
of frequent intercourse, hence the name. The symptoms of this condition
are bladder cramps, burning during urination and blood (at times)
in the urine. Honeymoon cystitis need not be the result of bladder
infection, it may be caused by an inflammation of the wall of the
Excessive of the cervix during sexual can led to
a low grade cervicitis and the inflammation can spread to bladder
wall resulting in a honeymoon cystitis. Honeymoon cystitis may also
be caused by an infection, with bacteria pushed up the urethra into
the bladder during sexual intercourse. Adequate personal hygiene on
the part of woman and her partner may help prevent bacterial honeymoon
cystitis. Women tend to develop urinary infection faster than men
urethra is so much shorter than a man’s urethra. Urinary infection
is usually an infection in the bladder or kidneys. If it is left untreated
permanent damage may occur. Usually, symptoms are burning during urination,
pressure on the bladder, backache at time fever is also present. It’s
absolutely one of the most common infections. Statistics say that
5 out of every 10 women of the world suffer from it. Sometime during
WHAT’S THE CAUSE?
Bladder infections are caused
by bacteria known as E Coli that take up residence in the vagina and
consequently make their way to urethra, the tube through which urine
flows. In the vagina, the bacteria are no problem. Trouble only starts
when they enter the urinary tract. These are bacteria normally present
in all women. And the women who get UTI (medical shorthand for urinary
tract infections) aren’t anatomically different from the women
who don’t. But for reasons we don’t understand some are
more susceptible. There is however good news, homoeopathic medicines
have helped number of women suffering from this chronic problem. E
coli infection is extremely stubborn and at times does not respond
to antibiotics. Homoeopathic medicines treat urinary tract infection
by increasing body’s natural immunity to fight invading bacteria.
Thus each patient get medicine according to her set of symptoms.
MEDICINES ARE :
Intolerable urge to pass urine with pain.
Severe burning before, during and after urine. At times burning is
so severe that she manages to pass urine drop by drop.
5 pills four times a day in severe cases every 2 hourly till relief.
Urine is scanty, flaky, sandy, bloody
with severe pain at conclusion of urination. At times because of bladder
weakness urine dribbles while squatting.
Sarsa Parilla 200, 5 pills
four times a day till relief.
When there is blood in
the urine with burning in lower abdomen.
Terebinthina 200, 5 pills
four times a day till relief.
When urine has lots of pus cells
with painful micturation, chill and fever. Along with urine infection
there could be acrid vaginal discharge causing itching and burning.
Silicea 200, 5 pills four times a day.
DRINK LOTS OF WATER
probably the single most important tip, for two reasons namely comfort
and health. Some women get UTI and think …. “Aha ! It only burns
when I go to the bathroom”. They then reason that, they won’t
have to go if they don’t drink, so they don’t which is
absolutely the worst thing they can do. The reason : the longer any
amount of urine stays in the bladder, the more bacteria there are
in it – E Coli doubles its population about every 20 minutes
i.e. more bacteria means more pain. Says experts “Absolutely,
the best thing a woman can do to fight the burning is drink fluids
t flush out the bacteria that are causing the inflammation”.
The best test is to see the colour of urine, if its dark that means
more liquids are needed. Lighter the colour of urine better it is.
CORRECT TOILET CLEANING
Wiping from front to back
helps prevent infection recurring the doctors say. Wiping the wrong
way is one of the most common causes of infection and a good way to
get repeated infections. Wiping away is pure common sense, you want
to move bacteria away from not towards the vagina and the opening
of urethra. Experts say “Wash
out vagina before intercourse, this will help flush out bacteria that
may be present in the vagina”. Otherwise during intercourse
these bacteria may get pushed into bladder. After intercourse also
go the bathroom and pass urine. Most of the times urinating will flush
out bacteria that have been pushed into the bladder during intercourse.
RECONSIDER THE USE OF DIAPHRAGM
Diaphragm have been
documented as a major contributors to those who have stubborn repeated
bladder infections. Two mechanisms are probably involved - Bacteria
colonize the diaphragm itself, which is then inserted deep into the
vagina and the diaphragm interferes with bladder emptying which means
that bacteria already there aren’t flushed out.
PRACTICE GOOD HYGIENE
means wearing cotton underwear that keeps you dry, avoid tight pants
that decreases venitation and most of all keep clean. Readers are
advised that the medical advice offered in this column pertains to
generalised treatment of condition. Kindly consult your doctor before