Cystitis, interstitial

  • Long-term inflammation of the urinary bladder
  • Symptoms may include difficulty or painful urination, increased urinary frequency, blood in urine and pelvic tenderness
  • Cause unknown
  • Cannot be spread from person to person
  • Affects males and females but more common in females
  • Can occur at any age but more common in middle age and older adults
  • May be mild to severe
  • May affect quality of life

  • Avoid fizzy beverages, caffeine, citrus products and foods containing high concentrations of vitamin C
  • Avoid possible irritants: tomatoes, pickled foods, alcohol, spices and artificial sweeteners
  • Wear loose fitting clothing
  • Reduce stress
  • Stop smoking
  • Perform pelvic floor exercises to reduce spasms
  • Use bladder training program by setting specific times to urinate rather than waiting for the urge to void

 

FOR PAIN

  • Apply hot or cold packs to the area
  • Relaxation techniques
  • Distraction
  • Over-the-counter medicine (refer to manufacturer’s recommendations for dosage):
    • Acetaminophen
    • Ibuprofen

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