What can I do to reduce symptoms?
Bladder infections tend to heal within three to five days, which means your symptoms should improve within that time frame. Some women find that keeping their abdomen warm, for example with a hot water bottle, can help alleviate symptoms of abdominal pain. Painkillers such as paracetamol and ibuprofen may also help.
The most important step, however, is to drink plenty of fluids. Water and herbal teas are the best choice, as juice and soft drinks can irritate your bladder. Drinking plenty of water will help flush the bacteria out of your bladder and it will speed up your recovery.
If your symptoms are severe or you are suffering from repeat infections you may need to take an antibiotic to fight the infection. The antibiotics trimethoprim and nitrofurantoin are suitable for treating cystitis.