J. Kyle Mathews, MD, DVM  
Male, 63
Plano, TX

Specialties: Urogynecolog, Pelvic Reconstructive Medicine

Interests: Women's Health, Bladder Diseases
Plano Urogynecology Associates
Obstetrics and Gynecology
Plano, TX
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Sep 14, 2010 - 8 comments

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Urinary urgency and frequency affects over 33 million Americans.  That’s about 1 in 6 adult in the United Stated today.  Over Active Bladder (OAB) along with Painful Bladder Syndromes - Interstitial Cystitis, is more common than adult onset Diabetes.  

Patients who have these conditions often report worsening symptoms with the intake of certain foods or fluids.  The elimination of these foods and beverages often result in significant improvement in symptoms.  

20 Foods and Fluids that are know to cause irritation to the bladder are:
• Alcoholic beverages
• Apples and Apple juice
• Cantaloupe
• Carbonated drinks
• Chocolate
• Citrus fruits
• Coffee
• Cranberry and Cranberry juice
• Grape
• Guava
• Peach
• Pineapple
• Plums
• Strawberry
• Spicy Foods like Chili or Mexican Food
• Sugar
• Tea
• Tomato and Tomato juice
• Vinegar
• Vitamin B Complex

J. Kyle Mathews, MD

Plano OBGYN Associates

Plano Urogynecology Associates

Add foods you find problematic to the list.

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by selmaS, Sep 14, 2010
This list amazes me as my urologist has always suggested cranberry juice for my bladder issues, be it an infection....may I ask why it would be good for one thing and not the other?

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by J. Kyle Mathews, MD, DVMBlank, Sep 15, 2010
Cranberry juice is used to acidify the urine.  The belief is that this prevents the growth and the ability of the bacteria to attach to the bladder wall.  In IC, the protective coating of the bladder is believed to be damaged.  Therefore anything irritating in nature, acids, causes an increase in pain.  JKM

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by joyrider, Sep 15, 2010
Some of my favorites are in the list. Can't live w/o my daily morning intake of coffee! The rest I can take it easy.  

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by selmaS, Sep 15, 2010
Thanks for the reply.

How would we know if our bladder issues went from one to the other?...being an infection to the IC.

And is there a way to prevent getting IC? What are the signs to get checked for this other than what you have listed above?

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by J. Kyle Mathews, MD, DVMBlank, Sep 15, 2010

See my post on What is Interstitial Cystitis and What Causes it?  Part one of three posted here on my page.  jkm

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by BLADDERinfection, May 05, 2011
J. kyle Mathews, MD, DVM, PLEASE HELP ME, its being over 3 years I feel like peeing right before/after I have sex with my boyfriend. And my vagina atarts burning!!!DRS. CANT SEEM TO FIND THE PROBLEM! I hate I have to be sitting on the toilet for hours and sometimes have to call work and call in sick. Sometimes I wish it was an s.t.d so I can cure it. Can u now help us and tel us type of good food for bladder!!!!????

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by GrammaB, Jun 17, 2012
I have had to quit having physical relation with my husband because afterwards it burns like crazy. Is there anything I can do to get back to normal?

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by LivingInHope, Feb 27, 2013
I have IC.  Cinnamon is a food I want to add to your list.

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