While it is true that urinary tract infections (UTIs) are most common among women, men can also develop them. UTIs can be very painful and uncomfortable but can be easily treated. Here, we discuss the symptoms, causes and treatments for UTIs in men.

UTIs develop as a result of a build-up of bacteria in the urinary tract. The urinary tract runs from the kidneys, down through the ureters, to the bladder and into the urethra. The build-up of bacteria which causes a UTI can take place anywhere along this system.

UTI symptoms in men

Signs of a UTI can include:

  • Fever
  • Pain and burning sensation when urinating
  • Feeling the need to urinate more frequently than usual
  • Pain in lower abdomen
  • Blood in urine
  • Cloudy, strong smelling urine
  • Difficulty urinating
  • Feeling tired and unwell

Older people may also experience changes in behaviour such as severe confusion or agitation. UTI symptoms may be difficult to spot in people with dementia.

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Treatment for UTIs

A minor UTI can usually clear up on its own without treatment, though this may cause a few days of discomfort. Home remedies for treating minor, uncomplicated UTIs include staying hydrated, drinking cranberry juice, and taking probiotics and vitamin C.

If these treatments are not successful or the infection becomes more complicated, antibiotics can be prescribed. If left untreated, UTIs can cause serious kidney problems.

Implications of UTIs in men

If antibiotics don’t relieve the symptoms, or you have a prolonged or reoccurring UTI, it is important to get this checked by a doctor. This is because a UTI could be a symptom of a more serious health issue such as an enlarged prostate, kidney stones, diabetes or a urethral stricture. If one of these issues is suspected, your doctor will likely conduct a prostate exam, take a urine sample or suggest that you have a scan.

Other causes of UTIs in men

In men, UTIs can also be caused by STIs such as Chlamydia and Gonorrhoea. These are the most common causes for UTIs in younger men. If you are a sexually active young man with a UTI, you should also consider getting tested for STIs.

Get tested with Better2Know

Better2Know can help you to get tested for both UTIs and STIs. Our UCEM test can detect the presence of a UTI. We also provide quick and confidential STI testing to give you peace of mind surrounding your sexual health.

Arrange an appointment today at a clinic near you or speak to one of our highly trained sexual health advisors for more information and advice.

Sources

[1] HEALTH.HARVARD.EDU: Men and Urinary Tract Infections

[2] NIDDK.NIH.GOV: The Urinary Tract & How it Works

[3] MAYOCLINIC.ORG: Bladder Infection in Men

[4] HEALTHLINE.COM: Everything You Should Know About Urinary Tract Infections in Men




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