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A 40-year-old female asked:

how to relieve interstitial cystitis?

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Dr. Benjamin Whittam
Pediatric Urology 15 years experience
Personal Approach: Interstitial cystitis is a very difficult diagnosis to treat, or provide a simple treatment that works for everyone. Diet modification, elmeron, certain antidepressants and even pelvic floor physical therapy have demonstrated to improve symptoms. Don't get frustrated and work with your urologist to find a treatment that works for you!

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Can a bubble bath give my child a uti?

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Dr. Scott J. Wolfson
Pediatrics 22 years experience
No: Bubble baths do not usually cause a urinary tract infection but rather, especially in girls, cause an irritation in the urethra (the last part of the body in the travels of urine) which can burn and feel like a uti.
Dr. George Klauber
Specializes in Pediatric Urology
I respectfully disagree. Bubble-bath may initially cause chemical irritation of the urethra which in turn damages urethral lining and permits bacteria to reach the bladder which is only an inch away from the urethral opening. I have seen little girls with urinalysis & culture proven UTIs within 48 hours of using bubble-bath. Also girls who had recurrent UTIs which ceased after stopping bubble-bath
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A 39-year-old member asked:

I have weird itchiness on different body parts. What should I do to relieve the itching?

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Dr. Parul Krishnamurthy
Obstetrics and Gynecology 34 years experience
Anti-itch remedies: Moisturize with a non-perfumed product-good examples are cetaphil, vaseline, lubriderm. Shower with lukewarm water. Avoid allergens from clothing/foods/cosmetics/laundry products. Topically, use 1% Hydrocortisone ointment and orally use 25 mg Benadryl (diphenhydramine) at bedtime. If symptoms do not resolve, then you may need prescription topical meds and your physician needs to rule out other underlying disorders.
A 42-year-old member asked:

Can anything be injected to remove the interstitial cystitis?

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Dr. Jeff Livingston
Obstetrics and Gynecology 22 years experience
Yes: Most patients with interstitial cystitis start with dietary changes and a medication called elmiron (pentosan). Some patients benefit from weekly bladder irrigation with a combination of medications called Heparin and lidocaine. These are injected into the bladder through a small catheter. This can be very helpful. For patients that do not respond there is an outpatient surgical treatment called interstim.
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Can peppermint oil help relieve sciatica?

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Dr. Jeffrey Gladd
Preventive Medicine 20 years experience
Yes: Topical peppermint oil to the back may relax the muscles and ease sciatic pain. Warm soaks in epsom salts can be helpful as well. Consider a prenatal massage if it persists.
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Is interstitial cystitis contagious?

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Dr. Alfredo Nieves
Gynecology 40 years experience
No: It is an inflammation not an infection.

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