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A 36-year-old member asked:

how do you treat interstitial cystitis?

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Dr. Stephen Chinn
Urology 38 years experience
Treating IC: It depends on the degree/extent of the condition in an individual: in mild cases aggressive hydration and avoidance of dietary "triggers" (potassium/spicy/acidic foods) may be enough. "hydrodistention" is noted to stimulate repair in some pts. The only fda approved medication is elmiron (pentosan). Some patients respond to intravesical tx and some may lose the bladders.....
Dr. George Klauber
Specializes in Pediatric Urology
Cystectomy, surgery to remove the bladder, should be avoided at all costs, otherwise I agree with Dr. Chinn. Suggest you check the website: ichelp.com
Aug 16, 2012
Dr. Abraham Morse
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See a physician: Ic can be tricky to diagnose and treat. It is best to seek out a specialist. A urologist or urogynecologist. It is often possible to get relief.
Dr. Ralph Morgan Lewis
Family Medicine 38 years experience
IC: Treatment for ic is involved and may take months for true relief. A urologist is best suited for all the options: kegel exercises; meds.
Dr. George Klauber
Specializes in Pediatric Urology
Suggest you find a urologist who is interested in IC and is prepared to spend enough time discussing all the options. Also please check out: ichelp.com. In the mean time try a bland diet avoiding fried or spicy foods, avoid caffeine and acid urine producing foods and beverages such as OJ, tomatoes & tomato sauce.
Aug 16, 2012

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Can I take medication for utis while breastfeeding?

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Dr. Scott Katz
Pediatrics 26 years experience
Yes: Most antibiotics are safe while breastfeeding, but some are not. Make sure the prescribing physician knows you are breastfeeding. If you have a concern, please call your pediatrician.
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Will the doctor do tests after my baby has a uti?

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Dr. Lisa Roberts
Pediatrics 23 years experience
Yes: Typically in a young infant who has the first UTI associated with fever, tests are done make sure there is no reason why it may happen again. A renal ultrasound is done to check the kidneys & bladder to make sure there is no anatomic deformity. A VCUG study is a test that involves inserting a tiny catheter into the bladder to make sure there is no reflux of urine that goes back towards the kidney.
A 21-year-old member asked:

Is there more then one type of interstitial cystitis?

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Dr. Alfredo Nieves
Gynecology 40 years experience
No: But today it is called painful bladder syndrome.
A 21-year-old member asked:

What is the cause of interstitial cystitis?

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Dr. Alfredo Nieves
Gynecology 40 years experience
IC cause: There is a lack of a protective coat in the bladder that exposes the nerve fibers in the bladder to the urinary irritants.It seems that there is a deficit in an antiresorptive substance that maintains the integrity of this coat in the bladder tissue.
A 45-year-old member asked:

Is it normal to have a UTI without a burning sensation or foul smell?

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Dr. George Klauber
Specializes in Pediatric Urology
Yes: It is quite possible to have utis without any symptoms. Not infrequently pseudomonas and proteus utis can be symptom free.

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