Get to Know the Causes of OAB

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shutterstock_28679755Having an overactive bladder, also known as OAB, can be frustrating. Although it is more common in people over 40, we also get younger patients here at our Plano urology practice who need bladder control treatments.

The bladder becomes overactive once its muscles start contracting involuntarily. It does so even when the volume of urine present in the bladder is still very low. Because of this, the person gets the urge to urinate. Although the exact cause is unknown, it is believed to be connected to several conditions.

Medical Conditions and Symptoms

Some neurological disorders (multiple sclerosis, Parkinson’s disease, and stroke) are known to cause overactive bladder. Diabetes or poor kidney function, which results to high urine production as fluid intake is increased, could also lead to OAB. Furthermore, a decline in one’s cognitive function due to aging can make it more difficult for the bladder to interpret signals from the brain.

Infections and Abnormalities

There are certain abnormalities in the bladder, like stones and tumors, that can lead to OAB. It could also be due to factors that affect bladder outflow, including an enlarged prostate or a previous operation done to treat incontinence. An acute urinary tract infection can cause symptoms to appear as well.

Lifestyle and Habits

When one makes it a habit to empty his bladder incompletely, he might develop OAB, as there will be little storage space left for the urine. People who take too much caffeine or alcohol as well as those who take in medications that increase urine production may acquire an overactive bladder sooner or later.

Bladder Control Treatments in Plano

An overactive bladder should never be ignored. For more information on OAB and to receive appropriate bladder control treatment in Plano, give us a call today at 972-403-5425 to request a consultation with one of our urology experts here at Collin County Urology.

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