What You Should Know About Cystitis – Inside Information

You might be thinking that Interstitial Cystitis is a new disease since there don’t seem to be a lot of potential treatments out there. The truth is that it was diagnosed for the first time over a century ago so most of the facts about it are already known. When you think about it, it’s kind of amazing because this is a disease that many believe to be tied to lots of issues that affect the immune system. You may also be shocked to hear that some physicians even doubt this is a real disease or even exists. They do not deny symptoms and the real pain that exists, in most, but there seems to be many questions about it.

Doctors and medical researchers have been working on interstitial cystitis (IC) for decades. Even though this condition has been known for decades, like many other diseases out there, the information and research has seemingly led scientists nowhere. One thing that is known is about ten percent of patients have the type of IC that causes ulcers to form. More specifically, a type of ulcer called Hunner’s ulcer will form on the wall of the bladder. The tissue will be red, irritated and will bleed when this occurs. When this happens, the treatment becomes very complicated for those that have cystitis in their system.

Another name for interstitial cystitis is nonbacterial cystitis. Once they do a test on your urinary tract that proves to be negative, they can make this diagnosis. What is known about this condition is there are problems in the immune system. This condition, which is found in many people that just got over an immune system compromising disease, you get cystitis at a later point. What actually happens is small cracks form in the bladder wall and urine leaks into the space between the wall and the bladder muscle. Urine in the cracks will degrade the tissue lining of the bladder itself. The misplaced urine causes this irritation which leads to this difficulty.

We have talked about the gender breakdown with interstitial cystitis, but in general women are much more likely to develop this condition. The figures show that women are thirty times more likely to develop the condition than a men. When both the immune system and the urinary tract are healthy, it isn’t likely that a man is going to develop IC. If, however, you are a man with a prostate problems, you will be more likely to develop an infection of your bladder. The two types of IC (bacterial and non-bacterial) make it easy to understand that there are separate conditions and risks. An important that everyone needs to be aware of is the STD that involves urethritis which is quite common in men. You need to realize that anybody can develop this particular disease as little is known about cystitis at this time. Males are less likely to get IC, women more likely. There are lifestyle factors involved with some cases such as a correlation with degree of sexual activity. On other hand, that is just a statistical correlation and not a guarantee which is obviously a good thing.

For a variety of reasons, interstitial cystitis provides the two individuals as well as physicians a new run for his or her money. When looking at this particular condition, determining their cause, as well as acquiring get rid of it, is hard data for you to find.

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