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

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Dr. Alfredo Nieves
Gynecology
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In brief: Ic

By having your doctor do a urine culture.

In brief: Ic

By having your doctor do a urine culture.
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Dr. George Klauber
Pediatrics - Urology
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In brief: 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

In brief: 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
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