Cystitis in Cold Weather
Cold weather has long been recognised as a trigger for Cystitis and Urinary Tract Infection, and with winter fast approaching in the United Kingdom, we take a look at how to best protect yourself from bladder infections.
Cystitis is the broad term applied to inflammation of the bladder. Other names used to refer to Cystitis include, UTI, Overactive Bladder Syndrome, Interstitial Cystitis, Honeymoon Cystitis and Water Infection. Both hot and cold weather can be a catalyst for Cystitis, here we're concentrating on why and how cold weather can trigger an episode of Cystitis.
Although no scientific evidence supports the theory that Cystitis strikes more frequently in the winter months, there may still be a correlation which is hidden by the fact that Cystitis can also be triggered by hot weather.
Preventing Bladder Infections in the Winter
- We tend to drink more hot beverages during winter, as well as little more alcohol. Both caffeine and alcohol can significantly increase urine acidity and aid bacterial growth, consequently aggravating the bladder and worsening symptoms. Try substituting acidifying food and drinks with more natural products that can help boost your immune system.
- Stay warm. The kidneys are stimulated by cold, producing more urine, causing more frequent urination. As your bladder empties, and the urinary tract begins to dry out, the nerve endings become irritated. Frequent urination can also dry out the kidneys which then begins to produce uric acid crystals which can lead to the formation of kidney stones in both the kidneys and urinary tract. Take plenty of warm fluids such as herbal teas, and wear warm clothes while outdoors.
- Do not resist the urge to urinate. Urinating frequently will help flush the bacteria from the urinary system, especially when using D'Mannose, as the concentration of bacteria will increase significantly. Remember to replenish your lost fluids with hot beverages and remain well hydrated.
- Wear comfortable, rather than tight fitting clothing and underwear which can aggravate the urethra. Feeling uncomfortable and irritated may agitate a budding urine infection. Dress for comfort as well as warmth.
Signs of early Bladder Infection
- Pain, burning or stinging when you urinate.
- Urinating often but passing small amounts of urine.
- Passing dark, cloudy or strong smelling urine.
- Traces of blood (haematuria) in urine.
- Pain low in your belly, directly above the pubic bone.
Best tips for beating Cystitis in the Winter
Despite our best efforts, cystitis is often unavoidable. It can be a drag on the lives of many otherwise fit and healthy men and women. Make sure you have plenty of water and warm beverages, stay well hydrated, avoid caffeine and alcohol, keep warm and learn to recognise the early symptoms of bladder infection. At the first sign of infection, reach for D'Mannose.