Generally, women are more prone to the UTI symptoms. But it is not a new thing that the men can also develop urinary tract infections
The risk of having UTI is more significant in older men as compared to young men.
Men and women are not equal in responding to its symptoms. Statistics say that one in five women develop UTI at some point in their lives, whereas, most men would not have it at all. Only 20% of men are diagnosed with urinary tract infections. This is very rare in young men, but the risk increases as he ages. Urinary tract infections are more common in men after the age of 50.
Factors that put men at risk for UTI
Apart from the age, other factors can put men at risk of getting urinary tract infections, such as:
- If the prostate gland is enlarged.
- Stones in the Kidney.
- Bladder catheter insertion.
- Any condition that has affected the immune system
Recognising UTI symptoms in men
UTI may not have typical and same symptoms for men women and children. Many many have symptoms of UTI which may also be similar to those women experience some common UTI symptoms include:
- Urge to urinate constantly.
- Releasing small amounts of urine at a time.
- Pain in the abdomen and lower back.
- Burning sensation and pain during urination.
One common symptom that is very specific to men when they have UTI is that fluid keep seeping from the penis. If a man notices continuous discharge from the penis should see the doctor for a diagnosis. This could indicate a UTI. If fever, nausea, chills accompany the above symptoms, it might mean a kidney infection which could result in a severe problem and would need immediate treatment.
How urinary tract infections are treated in men?
Urinary tract infection occurs when a bacteria or virus enters the urinary tract. It affects both man and woman equally; thus the treatment for both is almost the same. A course of antibiotics to kill the bacteria is prescribed by the doctor would help to get rid of the UTI symptoms. There are a few things that men can do to help them prevent a urinary tract infection from setting in especially if they have any of the risk factors.
Some steps to reduce the symptoms of UTI are as follows:
- The areas should be thoroughly clean especially the foreskin at the time of shower if you are not circumcised.
- Drink a lot of fluids every day, water being the best.
- Do not hold your urine and make frequent trips to the bathroom.
- Clean your genitals before and after sex to get rid of the bacteria. This would also help your partner to avoid UTI.
- Where condoms when you have sex.
Drinking a lot of fluids would help you get rid of UTI as it results in flushing out all the bacteria causing the infection in the urinary tract. In some cases, only drinking water could help in treating it.
However, if you notice any other signs of UTI, you should consult a doctor and take a treatment immediately. If you don’t get the UTI appropriately treated it could spread in the body and become a deadly threat. Do not brush away the symptoms like frequent urination or burning sensation while urinating.
Being a man, you should not assume that you cannot get UTI. Be cautious and take care to get rid of any symptoms of UTI and protect yourself.