Dr. Akl describes the relationship between urinary tract infections (UTI) and interstitial cystitis and explains which food exacerbates interstitial cystitis symptoms.
Read the full transcript »
The Relationship Between Interstitial Cystitis And UTI Symptoms of interstitial cystitis can resemble symptoms of a urinary tract infection. However, usually urinary tests and culture and sensitivity comes back negative. So if you think you have symptoms of urinary tract infections you might want to consult a specialist to help rule out or diagnose interstitial cystitis. Female patients ask me all the time, “What is the relationship between what I eat and symptoms of interstitial cystitis?” There are some foods that are cleared by the kidneys and go into the bladder that can irritate the bladder wall and exacerbate symptoms of interstitial cystitis. That’s why dietary modifications are one of the main pillars of treatment of interstitial cystitis. There is a long list of foods that can exacerbate symptoms of interstitial cystitis. However, the most common are caffeine, caffeinated beverages, spicy foods, and citrus juices.