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

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. Read more...

How do I tell the difference between an interstitial cystitis flare up and a bladder infection?

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 urinalysis is typically nitrite negative & contain no bacteria negative with pure ic. Symptoms of a bladder infection will resolve with antibiotics and will not or may even increase with ic . Read more...

I'm just wondering, if you have interstitial cystitis can it cause you to have bladder infections?

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 and this is not an uncommon presentation but may be difficult to discern so see a doctor who specializes in treating ic. Read more...
No. Interstitial cystitis (ic) is a functional disorder of the bladder, which is too spastic. Infection is not usually found in sufferers of ic. This is a reason that women with ic should require a urine test before accepting an antibiotic prescription. Ic is probably a nerve system (autonomic) mediated condition. My clinical research suggests that pelvic girdle joint subluxations exite these nerves. Read more...