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Types of cystitis

Cystitis is defined as an inflammation of the bladder, often classified by characteristic symptoms of urinary urgency and frequency, and a stinging and burning sensation during urination. It’s most frequently caused as a result of a bacterial urinary tract infection (UTI), which can become a serious health problem if it spreads to the kidneys.

However, cystitis may also occur as a reaction to certain drugs, radiation therapy, chemical irritants, long-term use of a catheter or as a complication of another illness. Some more complex forms of cystitis, such as bladder pain snydrome/interstitial cystitis (BPS/IC), lack a detectable cause altogether, which can make it quite challenging to diagnose.

Treatment for all types of cystitis depend on the underlying cause.

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