Cystitis and Aging Can Go Together With A Weak Immune System

Cystitis and aging on the surface may not seem to be related, but as we begin to age, several of the most common risk factors include us.

While this potentially painful condition can and does both men and women at all ages, if our immune system becomes weaker, we are at risk.

As we all get older and pass the 55 year old mark, not only is our immune system slowing down, so is our entire body.

Our bladder and our kidneys are no different, as this is its primary focus of attack.

In the majority of cases, it is only a minor irritation, but it can also become very serious, if it spreads to our kidneys.

The First Step With Cystitis and Aging

In the connection with Cystitis and aging, the first step at our age, is to understand exactly what it is and what the symptoms are.

However, what is not well known, even if you are familiar with this potentially very painful condition, is that there are several forms of it.

This surprises most people, even at our age, and this is where the connection with Cystitis and aging begin to emerge

Here is what it actually is.

  • The term cystitis means “inflammation” of the bladder
  • In “most “cases, and that is the key term, most, it is the result of a bacterial infection
  • It is also referred to as UTI, urinary tract infection

In younger people, especially women, it can easily be caused by tampons, diaphragms for birth control, or very high sexual activity.

Low estrogen levels can also trigger it, but at our ages, this is well behind us.

However, there are several other potential causes, and this is again where the connection begins to emerge.

Here are the other potential causes.

  • Long term use of a catheter
  • A full bladder that cannot be emptied all the time
  • Kidney or other bladder problems
  • A blockage, especially in men.
  • Several types of drugs, much more common to our age group

Our urinary tract is made up of our kidneys, bladder, urethra, and ureters.

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They All Play a Critical Role

They all play a critical role in the removal of both waste and toxins in our body. Our kidneys filter this waste though some very critical tubes.

These tubes are called ureters, and they carry our urine from our kidneys into our bladder. Once there, it is stored and is than disposed of via our urethra.

Here are the most common symptoms of connection between Cystitis and aging.

  • A very strong need to urinate that seems not to go away
  • This will continue, even after we have gone
  • A slight, and then possible very strong, burning sensation
  • The development of blood.

This is not all of the possible symptoms, as we may also experience the following.

  • Urine that has a very, very strong smell
  • A sudden discomfort in our pelvic area.
  • A pain or discomfort in our lower abdomen
  • A very slight fever

However there are a few very dangerous warning signs, and they include the following.

A very sudden pain in our side or our back, chills followed by a high fever, that is then followed with vomiting.

Be Real Careful With These Symptoms

If we experience these symptoms, we need to seek immediate medical attention as the infection may now be in our kidneys.

However, there are other forms of this condition and this is where the connection with Cystitis and aging really jumps out.

While bacterial infections are by far and away the most common cause, here are some other potential causes.

  • The drug induced form
  • The radiation form
  • The Interstitial form
  • The chemical form
  • The forms associated with other conditions as we age

The drug induced form is very common with any type of chemotherapy. This treatment can and often does cause inflammation in our bladder.

Radiation treatments can also cause inflammation of the bladder.

The Interstitial form is perhaps the most painful, as it often leads to a chronic inflammation of our bladder.

It primary target, for reasons still not fully understood, is older women.

This Form Has Two Real Challenges

This form also has two real challenges; it is very hard to properly diagnosis, and it can be extremely difficult to treat and eradicate.

The chemical form, also very common to women, is an allergic reaction to some type of bath product, which in turn inflames the bladder.

Kidney stones or an enlarged prostate in men is another form of this condition.

In men with a healthy immune system and no other real bladder problems, this condition is actually quite rare.

However, in women, especially as we get older, the threat is very real

If it is caught and treated early, in most cases it can easily be controlled. But if it is not, it can and will lead to kidney infections and bloody urine.

Treating the symptoms will all depend on what form it is.

If it is a first time infection, antibiotics are very effective. If it is reoccurring, we will most likely have to go to a urologist for the correct treatments.

However, if it is the hospital acquired form, very common to our age group, it can be extremely difficult to treat.

How We Can Fight Back

There are several things we can do at our age to fight back and help with the connection between Cystitis and aging.

They include the following.

  • Drink a lot of fluids, especially water
  • Set time frames to urinate
  • After a bowel movement, wipe front to back—very important
  • Shower, instead of taking baths
  • “Gently”—the key term, wash the private areas.

Drinking water is critical in both flushing and cleaning out our bladder. This is even more important if we have any type of radiation or chemotherapy treatment.

Setting time frames to urinate is also very helpful, especially at our ages, to keep our bladder as empty as possible.

Wiping from the front to back will help prevent any type of bacteria from spreading internally, as does a shower instead of a bath.

Gently washing our private areas also helps prevent bacterial infections from spreading.

References

http://www.mayoclinic.org/diseases-conditions/cystitis/basics/definition/con-20024076

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