Did you know that interstitial cystitis is actually quite common among American men and women? In fact, according to the National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases, the bladder condition affects 3 to 8 million women and around 1 to 4 million men living in the United States.

During Bladder Health Month, our team at AFC Urgent Care Ooltewah wants you to know more about this common bladder condition.

What Is Interstitial Cystitis?

Interstitial cystitis is a chronic bladder issue that causing the feeling of pain and pressure in the bladder area.

There are a number of things that can cause interstitial cystitis, such as bladder trauma, autoimmune disorders, spinal cord trauma, genetics and allergies.

Symptoms of Interstitial Cystitis

  • Pain in the pelvis for women
  • Pain between the scrotum and anus in men
  • Chronic pelvic pain
  • A persistent, urgent need to urinate
  • Frequent urination

Can Interstitial Cystitis Ever Go Away?

The symptoms of interstitial cystitis can go away over time, but there is no cure for the bladder condition. Therefore, it is important to stay on top of the latest treatments in order to regain your quality of life.

Ways to Treat Interstitial Cystitis

  • Medications
  • Physical therapy
  • Biofeedback
  • Antibiotics
  • Bladder training

Dealing with bladder issues? Visit AFC Urgent Care Ooltewah today for medical care! No appointment is needed.