Stephen J. Schueler, M.D.

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Unstable Bladder Diet

In the treatment of urgency incontinence, you should avoid foods that irritate the bladder.

Foods that irritate the bladder include:

  • Beverages
    • Alcohol
    • Coffee
    • Soda
    • Tea
  • Condiments
    • Barbecue sauce
    • Capers
    • Chutney
    • Cocktail sauce
    • Corn relish
    • Cranberry sauce
    • Horseradish
    • Hot pepper sauce
    • Ketchup
    • Mustard
    • Pickles
    • Relishes
    • Roasted peppers
    • Salsa
    • Sauerkraut
    • Sweet and sour sauce
    • Tartar sauce
    • Vinegar
    • Worcestershire sauce
  • Fruits and fruit juices (acidic)
    • Apples
    • Bananas
    • Cantaloupe
    • Grapefruit
    • Grapes
    • Kiwi
    • Lemon
    • Lime
    • Mango
    • Nectarines
    • Oranges
    • Peaches
    • Pears
    • Pineapple
    • Plums
    • Star fruit
    • Strawberries
    • Tomatoes (all varieties)
  • Salad dressings
    • Bleu cheese
    • Caesar
    • French
    • Honey mustard
    • Italian
    • Poppy seed
    • Ranch
    • Thousand Island
    • Vinaigrette
  • Snacks
    • Applesauce
    • Chocolate
    • Gelatin (e.g. Jell-O)
    • Spicy crackers
    • Spicy nachos
    • Spicy potato chips
  • Vegetables
    • Beets
    • Cabbage
    • Canned or jarred artichokes
    • Peppers

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Last Updated: Jan 6, 2011 References
Authors: Stephen J. Schueler, MD; John H. Beckett, MD; D. Scott Gettings, MD
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PubMed Unstable Bladder References
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