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How is interstitial cystitis treated?

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Doctors don’t know the cause of interstitial cystitis, so it’s harder to treat. But they may suggest that you:

  • Avoid spicy foods and foods high in potassium.
  • Avoid smoking and drinking alcohol.
  • Learn “bladder training”: changing your peeing habits so you don’t have to go as often.
  • Take medicine that relaxes your bladder and eases some symptoms.
  • Try mild electrical pulses to stimulate your nerves.

From: What Is Cystitis? WebMD Medical Reference

SOURCES:

National Health Service: “Cystitis.”

Mayo Clinic: “Cystitis,” “Urinary Tract Infection (UTI).”

Victoria State Government: “Cystitis.”

KidsHealth: “Urinary Tract Infections.”

Merck Manual: “Bladder Infection (Cystitis),” “Interstitial Cystitis.”

Reviewed by Minesh Khatri on February 10, 2019

SOURCES:

National Health Service: “Cystitis.”

Mayo Clinic: “Cystitis,” “Urinary Tract Infection (UTI).”

Victoria State Government: “Cystitis.”

KidsHealth: “Urinary Tract Infections.”

Merck Manual: “Bladder Infection (Cystitis),” “Interstitial Cystitis.”

Reviewed by Minesh Khatri on February 10, 2019

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