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Overactive Bladder: Can It Be Cured?

Saturday, 15 Mar 2014 12:41 AM

An overactive bladder is termed urinary incontinence. The overactive bladder is a common kidney-related disease that affects millions of people worldwide. The kidneys remove wastes as urine from the blood. The kidneys are connected to the bladder and ureter. Urine passes from the kidneys to the bladder through the ureter. The amount of urine removed by the kidneys depends upon a person’s fluid intake. An overactive bladder can occur when there is a sudden bladder contraction without the patient’s control. The causes of such repeated and uncontrolled bladder contractions are being studied but are still not fully known.
 
Symptoms of urinary incontinence may appear if a patient has some kidney diseases or infection. However, urinary incontinence may not be due to urinary infection or any infection or disease of the kidneys. Urinary incontinence is both annoying and embarrassing. The daily routine of patients suffering from urinary incontinence is severely affected along with their quality of life. Common symptoms of an overactive bladder include the urge to urinate, frequent urination, and urine leakage or loss of control as well as dribbling even after urination. Some symptoms are listed below:
  • Urinary urgency
  • Frequent urination
  • Nocturia
  • Urge incontinence
 
Cure for an Overactive Bladder
 
Minor cases of an overactive bladder can be treated through bladder training, pelvic muscle exercises, and the use of absorbent pads. Severe problems may require medication or surgery. Severe cases of urinary incontinence can disrupt the daily routine of patients and even disturb their sleep patterns. The right treatment can control and cure most problems caused by an overactive bladder.
 
There are various options to treat urinary incontinence ranging from medication to behavioral changes. Researchers suggest that non-drug remedies can halve the episodes of an overactive bladder. These remedies for treating kidney problems also do not have any side effects. If these treatments fail, surgery can be used to treat urinary incontinence.
  • Reducing the intake of caffeine and avoiding consumption of alcohol can help in the treatment of an overactive bladder.
  • Obesity can increase health risks. Hence, reducing extra weight can help in the treatment of urinary incontinence.
  • Patients of an overactive bladder should avoid artificial sweeteners as they can aggravate the symptoms of urinary incontinence.
  • Patients of urinary incontinence should avoid spicy foods, tomatoes, citrus fruits, and chocolate.
  • Water is good for the health of the kidneys. Patients of urinary incontinence should regularly consume sufficient water. Water is effective for all kidney-related diseases.

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An overactive bladder causes the frequent urge to urinate. In this condition, urine produced in the kidney leaks due to involuntary bladder contraction. The condition is also called urinary incontinence. Symptoms are often confused with urinary infection though the two conditions differ.
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