Dr. Akl describes the relationship between urinary tract infections (UTI) and interstitial cystitis and explains which food exacerbates interstitial cystitis symptoms.
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.
About Dr. Mohamed Akl, M.D.:
Dr. Mo Akl is board certified in Obstetrics and Gynecology and fellowship trained in Urogynecology and Pelvic Reconstructive surgery. Dr. Akl completed four years of residency training in general Obstetrics and Gynecology at Hurley Medical Center affiliated with Michigan State University followed by an additional three years of fellowship training in urogynecology and pelvic reconstructive surgery at the renowned Mayo Clinic in Scottsdale, one of the best training institutions in urogynecology, pelvic surgery, laparoscopic and da Vinci robotic surgery.