What are male urinary tract infections?

Urinary tract infections in men are less common than similar infections in women, but that doesn't mean they're something to ignore. The term male urinary tract infection refers to infections such as cystitis (an infection of the bladder), urethritis (an infection of the urethra), and kidney infections. Most often, male urinary tract infections are found in the urethra or bladder.

Male urinary tract infections are caused by bacteria. E. coli is usually the particular strain that is most often responsible for causing the infection, although other types of bacteria can be the cause. Bacteria enter the body through the opening of the urethra.

Men over 50 are more susceptible to male urinary tract infections. After that age, a man is more likely to have an enlarged prostate or kidney stones, which can block the urethra. A man with a history of diabetes is also at increased risk of developing a urinary tract infection. If you are unable to completely pass urine, it will leave you susceptible to male urinary tract infections.

Signs of male urinary tract infections include urinating more often than normal, as well as painful urination. Intercourse and ejaculation can also be painful. The victim may feel more tired than usual or urinate with a milky or cloudy appearance. The presence of blood in the urine is another sign associated with urinary tract infection in men, as is lower back pain.

If not treated promptly, there is a risk of the infection spreading and reaching the kidneys through the urinary tract. A kidney infection can be very serious, and for that reason, any doctor suspected of male UTIs should be seen by a doctor right away.

Once male UTIs are diagnosed, antibiotics are usually prescribed to treat them. Some doctors recommend that cranberry juice be consumed as well. Antibiotics work quickly to clear the infection, sometimes taking just a few days to kick in.

If you are prescribed an antibiotic to treat an infection, it is important to continue taking it for the number of days recommended by your doctor. Stopping medication early can mean that the infection has not completely healed, even if the symptoms have subsided.

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