Most cystitis infections are not serious and can be easily treated with antibiotics. But untreated, recurring bouts can result in kidney damage.
If symptoms persist or get worse regardless of what you do, seek medical treatment.
Diabetes can complicate things. Anyone with diabetes should immediately seek medical care at the very first symptom of a cystitis attack.
The good news is that research offers hope to people who suffer from cystitis and other urinary tract infections. Vaccines against the bacteria that cause these infections are currently in development.