Whether you top your nachos with jalapeños, sprinkle your pizza with red pepper flakes, or love your curry chicken extra-hot, you’ve got to skip the spice when you have a UTI. Spicy foods are known to cause bladder irritation and worsen UTI symptoms, so cool down your meals and opt for blander choices while you’re treating your urinary tract infection.
When you’re trying to cut calories at every corner, artificial sweeteners seem like a healthy replacement for sugar. But if you’ve got a urinary tract infection, it’s possible that your symptoms may worsen if you use artificial sweeteners. While one study found that artificial sweeteners worsened bladder symptoms in people with chronic interstitial cystitis, there’s no real proof they irritate the bladder when you have a simple UTI. But if these fake sweeteners bother you, skip them.