FAQs and Facts About Urinary Tract Infections in Men

Urinary Tract Infection (UTI) is not at all strange to women, but it does not occur as frequently in men. Even then, it is something that needs to be given as much attention as the infection can progress and pose debilitating consequences, if not fatal. UTI in men is in fact more complicated than UTI in women. Young men especially need to be aware of the factors that cause UTI in men and be able to determine signs and symptoms so they can seek immediate treatment.

Who are at Greater Risk for UTI?
UTI in men occurs when bacteria, such as E.coli for instance, find their way into the urethra. Men who have had sex with someone who has UTI, is using a urinary catheter, has kidney stones, or who has a rather poor immunity due to a chronic disease like diabetes, are at risk to develop UTI.

What are the Symptoms of UTI?
Men who are at risk for developing UTI should be mindful of the signs and symptoms that are suggestive of an infection, and these include flank pain or pain on the back (the pain is often described as radiating, sharp, intense), high fever that may be accompanied by chills, abdominal pain, difficulty in passing out urine, cloudy urine, blood in urine, frequent urination, urge to urinate even at night, and painful urination. When you notice these signs and symptoms, have your urine tested at the laboratory to confirm the presence of an infection.

How is UTI in Men Treated?
E. coli is responsive to antibiotic therapy. Men with UTI of this nature will have to take antibiotics for seven to fourteen days. However, if the UTI has progressed to involve the kidneys, hospitalization may be required. In addition to the antibiotic treatment, UTI sufferers are advised to drink more than the usual eight glasses of water. Pure cranberry juice has also been found to be effective in treating UTI by preventing the bacteria to stick to the bladder walls. While on treatment for UTI, UTI sufferers need to avoid caffeine and alcoholic beverages as these are irritating to the bladder.

How can UTI in Men be Prevented?
UTI in men can be prevented by being mindful of hygienic practices especially when it comes to sex. Drinking 2 to 2.5 liters of water and taking cranberry juice or tablets every day will also be very helpful in warding off the disease.

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