Overactive Bladder: Causes, Symptoms and Treatment of Frequent Urination

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Overactive bladder (OAB) is a common condition that affects millions of Americans. Overactive bladder isn’t a disease. It’s the name of a group of urinary symptoms. The most common symptom of OAB is a sudden urge to urinate that you can’t control. Some people will leak urine when they feel the urge. Leaking urine is called “incontinence.” Having to go to the bathroom many times during the day and night is another symptom of OAB.


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OAB can get in the way of your work, social life, exercise and sleep. Without treatment, OAB symptoms may make it hard to get through your day without lots of trips to the bathroom. You may feel nervous about going out with friends or doing everyday activities because you’re afraid you may not find a bathroom when you need one. Some people begin to shy away from social events. This can make them feel lonely and isolated.

Overactive Bladder: Symptoms and Treatment of Frequent Urination

You may also need to go to the bathroom many times during the day. The number of times someone urinates differs from person to person. But many experts agree that going to the bathroom more than 8 times in 24 hours is “frequent urination.”

Some people have fewer symptoms when they eat and drink less “bladder irritating” food. Foods and drinks that bother some people include coffee, tea, artificial sweeteners, caffeine, alcohol, soda, and other fizzy drinks, citrus fruit, food made with tomatoes, chocolate and spicy foods. You can try taking all “bladder irritating” foods out of your diet and adding them back one at a time. Once you figure out which foods and drinks make your symptoms worse, you can avoid them. source

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