How to prevent cystitis in beaches and swimming pools: discover some useful tips that will help you avoid urine infections with the arrival of summer.
Cystitis is considered to be the second most frequent infection in our country, which mainly affects women. It is characterized by being an acute or chronic inflammation of the urinary bladder, with or without infection. Among its most common or usual causes we find infection by bacteria, especially Escherichia coli.
Precisely for a germ to cause cystitis, it must first colonize the urine in the bladder, to subsequently produce an inflammatory response in the bladder mucosa.
In the summer, and especially due to the more daily use of bathrooms on beaches and swimming pools, many cases of cystitis usually appear, mainly due to the change in temperature between the water and the outside, which causes a sudden cooling that affects both the belly as to the vaginal area. On the other hand, we cannot forget the moisture that remains in the clothes after bathing, which favors the growth of both bacteria and microorganisms.
How to prevent cystitis in beaches and swimming pools:
Bearing in mind that one of the most common causes of cystitis is not following proper hygiene habits, such as staying in wet clothes after bathing while at the beach or pool, it is possible to prevent it by following a series of basic tips:
- Avoid staying in a wet swimsuit: taking into account that it is one of the conditions that most favors the appearance of cystitis, it is advisable to always bring another change of swimsuit to change into after having bathed.
- Avoid sudden changes in temperature: especially when entering the water. It is more advisable to enter little by little, wetting each part of the body with patience and without haste to precisely avoid sudden changes in temperature.
- Use cotton underwear: underwear made of synthetic material tends to promote perspiration, and thus the proliferation of microbes.
- Avoid wearing tight clothing: the reasons are practically the same as when we wear synthetic underwear. By wearing tight clothing we tend to promote perspiration.
- Use neutral soaps: especially when cleaning the intimate area. It is not advisable to use scented soaps, and neutral ones, much more specific for this sensitive area.
The most frequent symptoms of cystitis:
- More desire to urinate, even at night.
- Intense pain over the bladder.
- Fever (above 38ºC).
- Burning and difficulty urinating.
- Cloudy and foul-smelling urine.