July 31, 2014
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Bladder (Overactive)

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Is an overactive bladder the same thing as a bladder infection?

Dr. Sheilah B. Lamb's Response

No. These two conditions are different, although a bladder infection with frequency and urgency can sometimes mimic overactive bladder. A urinary tract infection is usually associated with burning. The urine should be checked routinely to rule out infection. In overactive bladder, the urine is negative for bacteria, whereas in a bladder infection the urine culture would be positive for bacteria. The treatment for a bladder infection is an antibiotic.

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