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Irritated bladder facts

The irresistible urge to urinate is called irritable bladder and it will be the focus of this article. This urge to urinate will be accompanied by the burning sensation felt during the urination. The risks associated with this condition can be reduced by a proper diagnosis and treatment. This is a very common condition, which can develop certain symptoms that may occur at very problematic times and lead to embarrassment. Women usually suffer from this problem more than men, but it generally affects both sexes. Bladder irritation may also strike children as well.

Causes and Symptoms

The irritated bladder is not a disease, but a symptom developed due to medical problems, such as bladder cancer, infection of the tissue surrounding the bladder, bladder stones, weak bladder and incontinence. The discomfort of the bladder may be a result of prolapsed uterus, while irritable bladder may be caused by prostate enlargement. This will also create burning sensation while urinating.

Urinary problems are indirectly or directly related to the irritated bladder condition. Most common symptoms are urine passing out in small amounts, uncontrolled urine loss, painful urination, distended bladder, frequent urination and urination urgency. The pain felt will be aggravated when the bladder is full. Also, sharp pain or mild burns will accompany irritable bladder. The pain may reduce after urination, but this does not happen in all cases.

Diagnosis and Treatment

There are certain complications possible if the problem of irritated bladder is not treated. So if you are having this problem, visit a professional physician who will help you. The medical history of the patient and symptoms will be examined once the patient is in the hospital. There are test that can be done in order to see if the patient is having a more serious problem, such as irritable bladder syndrome, bladder infections or interstitial cystitis. Urinalysis is one of such tests. The cause of the irritable bladder will determine the treatment method. The most common treatment involves lifestyle changes and use of oral medications. Bladder instillation and bladder distention are done for the more serious cases of bladder irritation. The bladder is washed during the bladder instillation, while the capacity of the bladder is increased with the bladder distention. Some of the causes of the condition are nervous tension and prolonged stress. Some food, such as hot foods, caffeine and spicy food may lead to the problem in question. If the irritable bladder is diagnosed, the patient will undergo a stress management program, and he or she will have to avoid alcohol, foods and beverages known to cause irritated bladder.

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