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Bladder Disease

Bladder Disease

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Bladder Diseases and Conditions
Several different conditions can affect bladder function, ranging from minor to more serious.

Urinary Tract Infection (UTI)
Urinary Incontinence
Interstitial Cystitis (IC)

Urinary Tract Infection (UTI)
Your bladder is part of your urinary system, which also includes your kidneys, ureters and urethra. If germs get inside the urethra, they can travel up to the bladder and cause an infection.

Symptoms
Early symptoms of a UTI include:

  • Pain or burning while urinating
  • Frequent urge to urinate
  • Tenderness in the belly
  • Cloudy or odd-smelling urine

Diagnosis and Treatment
If you suspect you have a UTI, your physician will ask you to give a urine sample so it can be tested for bladder infections. If you have a UTI, medications, such as an oral antibiotic, will be prescribed that should clear up the infection in a couple of days.

Prevention
To prevent future UTIs, make sure to drink plenty of water every day and urinate when you have to (don’t try to hold it). If you’re a woman, urinating right after sex can help, and if you’re post-menopausal, talk to your doctor about using vaginal estrogen to prevent future infections.

Urinary Incontinence
Urinary incontinence is the loss of bladder control, and symptoms can range from mild leakage to uncontrolled wetting.

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Interstitial Cystitis (IC)
Interstitial cystitis (IC), also known as painful bladder syndrome (PBS), is a condition that causes discomfort and pain in your bladder and abdomen. The exact cause of interstitial cystitis is not known, but it may affect as many as 12 million men, women and children in the United States.

Symptoms
Symptoms of IC can vary from person to person and may include:

  • Frequent or urgent need to urinate
  • Pain or burning while urinating
  • Pain in the lower abdomen

Diagnosis
Because the symptoms of IC are similar to those of other conditions (such as UTI), your doctor will usually need to rule out those other conditions in order to diagnose interstitial cystitis.

Treatment
Interstitial cystitis cannot be cured, but its symptoms can be managed through diet modification, bladder retraining, physical therapy, medication or in some cases surgery.

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