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What are the symptoms of cystitis?

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In brief: Symptoms of cystitis

Symptoms can vary, but they can include any or all of the following:


• a strong urge to urinate, even when your bladder is empty
• passing frequent small amounts of urine
• stinging or burning when passing urine
• dark or cloudy urine
• strong-smelling urine
• blood in the urine
• dull pain in the lower back or abdomen
• feeling generally unwell or having a fever


You should see a doctor if:


• there is blood in your urine
• you feel no better after 24 hours
• you are or may be pregnant
• you develop a temperature
• you have pain in the lower back or severe abdominal pain
• the cystitis keeps coming back


Children and men who get cystitis should always be seen by a doctor. Cystitis in men can be caused by an enlarged prostate or a congenital problem with the bladder (one you were born with).
In children, there is the possibility of an abnormality in the urinary system, and this needs to be checked.

These symptoms can also be due to other infections, such as a sexually-transmitted disease (STD). If you think this might be the case - for example, if you and your sexual partner have symptoms - you should consult a doctor.

In brief: Symptoms of cystitis

Symptoms can vary, but they can include any or all of the following:


• a strong urge to urinate, even when your bladder is empty
• passing frequent small amounts of urine
• stinging or burning when passing urine
• dark or cloudy urine
• strong-smelling urine
• blood in the urine
• dull pain in the lower back or abdomen
• feeling generally unwell or having a fever


You should see a doctor if:


• there is blood in your urine
• you feel no better after 24 hours
• you are or may be pregnant
• you develop a temperature
• you have pain in the lower back or severe abdominal pain
• the cystitis keeps coming back


Children and men who get cystitis should always be seen by a doctor. Cystitis in men can be caused by an enlarged prostate or a congenital problem with the bladder (one you were born with).
In children, there is the possibility of an abnormality in the urinary system, and this needs to be checked.

These symptoms can also be due to other infections, such as a sexually-transmitted disease (STD). If you think this might be the case - for example, if you and your sexual partner have symptoms - you should consult a doctor.
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