COVID-19 infection could harm bladder health

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Overactive bladder, also called OAB, causes a frequent and sudden urge to urinate that may be difficult to control.

People may feel like they need to pass urine many times during the day and night, and may also experience unintentional loss of urine (urgency incontinence).

Causes include abdominal trauma, infection, nerve damage, medications, and certain fluids.

A recent study from Oakland University found that COVID-19 infection is associated with an increased risk of developing new or worsening overactive bladder symptoms.

They assessed the incidence of COVID-19-associated cystitis (CAC) and its association with severe COVID-19 antibody levels.

Cystitis is inflammation of the bladder, usually caused by a bladder infection.

It’s a common type of urinary tract infection (UTI), particularly in women, and is usually more of a nuisance than a cause for serious concern.

Mild cases will often get better by themselves within a few days. Antibiotics can quickly relieve the symptoms of acute cystitis and get rid of the infection – but they aren’t always needed in milder cases.

The analysis included 1,895 healthcare employees in the BLAST COVID study group.

The researchers found that 27.4% of those with asymptomatic COVID-19 and 37.8 percent of those with symptomatic COVID-19 had an increase of 1 or more bladder symptoms.

Some scientists have hypothesized that the increase in systemic inflammation on COVID-19 infection can lead to bladder inflammation and thus bothersome urinary symptoms.

The study was conducted by Ly Hoang Roberts et al and published in European Urology Open Science.

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