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    For those that do home instills or if in the Drs. office what do you use to clean your urethra before inserting cath, a long time ago i used nothing, then I started to use an alcohol wipe, but am looking into the antiseptic wipes that are used in Drs. offices before you do a urine sample. Am wondering if the alcohol and/or antiseptic wipes are to harsh for people with IC, when I use the antiseptic wipes before leaving a urine sample does not seem to bother me, just wanted to hear what anyone else had to share, thanks.
    Diagnosed with IC sept. 2008, treatment then was hydrodistension, heparin instills for about 4 months and IC diet; symptoms lasted until sept 2009. Then only a couple of relapses overworking, stress etc. Then completely in remission until Jan. 2016 now pretty much symptom free as of mid august 2016.

    Symptoms: overall body aches, dryness feeling at vaginal opening, sitting makes it worse, standing makes it worse, stress makes it worse, no frequency or urgency, worse symptom is at night with panging of uretha/bladder.

    - went on diet, started Cysto Renew 3/31/16 and yoga at least twice a week.
    - tried uribel but really not for my symptoms since it seems it is for frequency and painful urination which I don't have
    - Ativan when needed to relax.
    - Elmiron only took for a couple of days; didn't like it
    - took atarax 1/2 10mg atarax pill at night really helped but gave me nightmares
    - tramadol worked great for back aches
    - generic claritin D worked best for me for calming bladder down and my panging
    - still taking cysto renew 4x a day and believe this and diet helped the most.
    - took dosage of cysto renew down to 2x a day and still ok

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    When I did them, I used gauze pads with warm water and antibacterial soap and rinsed after I did the instill, but i6t's been several years --- I actually think the antiseptic wipes could be a better solution. I think it would be a good idea to ask your doctor.

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