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How can I tell the difference between a interstitial cystitis flare and a bladder infection?

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In brief: 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 glass - if "cloudy" or foul-smelling it's likely to be a uti, but it could also be a UTI (early) even if grossly clear and without a odor. The best test would be a urinalysis and follow up with your urologist.

In brief: 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 glass - if "cloudy" or foul-smelling it's likely to be a uti, but it could also be a UTI (early) even if grossly clear and without a odor. The best test would be a urinalysis and follow up with your urologist.
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