Encourage patients with infections to increase fluid intake to promote frequent urination. Recommend strategies to limit recurrence, such as increasing vitamin C intake, drinking cranberry juice, wiping from front to back after a bowel movement (women), avoiding tub and bubble baths, wearing cotton underwear, and avoiding tight clothing such as jeans.

Patients with IC present a challenge to the nurse because no clear treatment exists for the condition. Provide information about the condition, and validate that the symptoms are indeed shared by many other patients. Listen to the patient's feelings and provide her with a list of national and local resources that can provide further support.

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