There’s no cure for IC/PBS, but there are several methods for decreasing symptoms and improving living conditions.
Making simple changes to your diet, drinking habits, and clothing can significantly reduce symptoms. Here are some easy steps you can take:
- Avoid consuming foods high in potassium, caffeinated drinks, alcohol, and spicy foods. These can all worsen symptoms of IC/PBS.
- Relaxation techniques and gentle exercises such as meditation, yoga, and walking can help prevent stress-related triggering of symptoms.
- Maintain a balanced fluid intake, even when you’d prefer to avoid using the toilet. Drinking too little water can cause urine to become very concentrated and cause more pain.
- Wear loose clothing and cotton (not synthetic) underwear
- Avoid perfumed washing powders, soaps, and bubble baths.
Talk to your doctor about medications that can help relieve your symptoms. He or she may prescribe a variety of medications, including:
- Pain killers
- Anti-inflammatory drugs
- Antihistamine drugs