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how do i tell the difference between an interstitial cystitis flare up and a bladder infection

A 16-year-old member asked:
Dr. Alfredo Nieves
39 years experience Gynecology
Ic: By having your doctor do a urine culture.
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Dr. George Klauber
Specializes in Pediatric Urology
Urine culture: You will have a positive urine test and/or urine culture for bacteria with a bladder infection. Possible to get a bladder infection on top of ic, but ... Read More
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A 34-year-old member asked:
Dr. Stephen Chinn
37 years experience Urology
IC vs UTI: Many times you can't tell the difference; and often a "flare" if ic can be precipitated by a uti. Check the appearance of your urine through a clear ... Read More
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A 32-year-old member asked:
Dr. James Krick
35 years experience Urology
IC: Three ways: culture, culture, culture.
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Dr. Michael Hulse
26 years experience Gynecology
Good question.: That is a very important distinction. A simple urine test can answer the question. Just drop a urine sample by your doctors office for evaluation.
A 23-year-old member asked:
Dr. Phillip Porch
39 years experience General Practice
Not really: Interstitial cystitis does not cause a bladder infection but it can make you more likely to get one.
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A 47-year-old member asked:
Dr. Li-Min Hwang
44 years experience Obstetrics and Gynecology
Probably not: However, the urinary symptoms may make you or your doctor think of infections often, doing more tests, and documenting more episodes.
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A 47-year-old member asked:
Dr. Robert Harris
30 years experience Urogynecology
Yes: Ic is an inflammation of the bladder wall that is not usually caused by bacteria while a UTI isp caused by bacteria. These can occur simultaneously an ... Read More
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A 44-year-old female asked:
Dr. Naeem Moosa
Specializes in
UTI: With a chronic cystitis you will have recurrent infections. We can do a urine dipstick and see the infection and give the relevant treatment
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A 33-year-old member asked:
Dr. James Krick
35 years experience Urology
Not really: The only role a male has in female cystitis is by the mechanical aspect of sexual intercourse or possibly cunnilingus. He is not transmitting the org ... Read More
A 30-year-old female asked:
Dr. John Berryman
53 years experience Obstetrics and Gynecology
Bladder burn: The most likely cause is a bladder infection, very common in females, but interstitial cystitis is also possible, which is caused by repeated and ofte ... Read More
A 41-year-old female asked:
Dr. Marius Frasie
25 years experience Internal Medicine
HOW DID YOU: GET THE DIAGNOSIS. WILL NEED A CYSTOSCOPY. IF YOU HAD ONE AND THAT WAS THE DIAGNOSIS AND YOU DON'T AGREE HAVE A SECOND OPINION.

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