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What are the differences between a urinary tract infection & interstitial cys?

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Dr. Patricio Gargollo
Pediatrics - Urology
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In brief: The infection part

Interstitial cystitis (ic) is by definition a non infectious inflammation of the bladder.
Urinary tract infections (utis) are most often caused by bacteria. Ic can be tough to diagnose so make sure you see a urologist before someone throws that diagnosis at you.

In brief: The infection part

Interstitial cystitis (ic) is by definition a non infectious inflammation of the bladder.
Urinary tract infections (utis) are most often caused by bacteria. Ic can be tough to diagnose so make sure you see a urologist before someone throws that diagnosis at you.
Dr. Patricio Gargollo
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Dr. George Klauber
Pediatrics - Urology

In brief: Bacteria cause UTIs

Interstitial cystitis is due to a defect in the bladder lining.
You can have both at the same time, and recurrent utis can cause ic in some cases. Utis respond to antibiotics, ic dose not. Ic usually requires a bland diet may require treatment indefinitely, utis do not. Avoid caffeine & spicy foods with ic, can help with a uti. Suggest you check www.Ichelp.Org.

In brief: Bacteria cause UTIs

Interstitial cystitis is due to a defect in the bladder lining.
You can have both at the same time, and recurrent utis can cause ic in some cases. Utis respond to antibiotics, ic dose not. Ic usually requires a bland diet may require treatment indefinitely, utis do not. Avoid caffeine & spicy foods with ic, can help with a uti. Suggest you check www.Ichelp.Org.
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