All About UTI In Men

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UTI in men

For men, the urinary tract includes the kidneys and bladder, as well as the ureters and urethra. When bacteria builds up anywhere in the urinary tract, it causes an infection. 

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UTIs can be upper or lower tract infection. An upper-tract infection involves the ureters or the kidneys while a lower-tract infection is one that happens in the bladder, prostate, or urethra.

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Most UTIs are caused by the bacterium Escherichia coli (E. coli), which is naturally present in our body. While urinary tract infections (UTIs) are much more common in women, men can also get them, especially at an older age.

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Risk factors 

Factors that can put you at greater risk of UTIs include not drinking enough fluids, being immobile for long periods, recent urinary tract surgery, diabetes and being uncircumcised.

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The symptoms of a bladder infection include painful urination and a burning sensation, frequent urination, the sudden urge to empty the bladder, lower abdominal pain and sometimes blood in the urine. 

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Symptoms for kidneys

Symptoms of an infection involving the kidneys include (in addition to the ones mentioned before) fever, chills, pain in the sides or back that doesn't change with change in position.

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More symptoms

Some symptoms of a urinary infection point to a prostate infection or prostatitis. Fever, chills, fatigue, difficulty urinating or dribbling and pelvic pain are the symptoms of prostatitis. 

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Usually antibiotics are prescribed by the doctor to treat UTIs which usually clears the infection in 5-7 days. Along with taking medication it is very important to drink adequate fluids like water, coconut water, nimbu pain, etc

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If you experience any of the aforementioned symptoms of UTI, do not ignore them or self-medicate. Get in touch with your health care provider and take appropriate treatment as untreated UTIs can become complicated.   

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To prevent UTIs, the most important thing is to reduce the chance of bacteria invading the urinary tract. So urinate when you feel the need and avoid holding urine. Drink adequate fluids and keep your genital area clean and dry.

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