Can Your Bathing Suit Make You Sick?
We’ve all been there. We go to the beach or to the swimming pool and when we are done swimming we don’t change our wet clothes. We let our bathing suits air dry while enjoying ourselves out in the sun, which is no big deal, right? Improper hygiene and leaving your wet clothes on can cause a bladder infection or cystitis, which is why it’s important to take the necessary precautions to avoid it because it can be painful.
What is cystitis?
Cystitis is the medical term for a lower urinary tract infection that is caused by a bacterial infection. Although it’s not a serious condition, it is very common and it can be painful and annoying if left untreated.
According to Cistitis.org, between 10 and 20% of women suffer from it at some point in their lives. It is more common among women since their urinary tract is shorter than men’s, which makes it easier for bacteria to reach the urethra more easily.
The main symptoms are burning or stinging when you pee, the urge to go more often, dark urine, and even blood!