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What are the symptoms of cystitis and do I need antibiotics?

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Dr. David Wishnew
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In brief: Cystitis

Cystitis is marked by urinary frequency and urgency, as well as lower abdominal cramping pain.
Although cystoscope usually shows lesions on the bladder wall, there is no real evidence that cystitis is an infection. Under those circumstances, antibiotics may not be necessary and/or useful. However, antibiotics are often prescribed if there is a presumption of infection. Seek advice from a urologist.

In brief: Cystitis

Cystitis is marked by urinary frequency and urgency, as well as lower abdominal cramping pain.
Although cystoscope usually shows lesions on the bladder wall, there is no real evidence that cystitis is an infection. Under those circumstances, antibiotics may not be necessary and/or useful. However, antibiotics are often prescribed if there is a presumption of infection. Seek advice from a urologist.
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