Biologically, men and woman are very different. But that doesn’t mean they can’t share a number of common ailments. Regarding urinary tract infections (UTI) the majority of suffers (about 96%) are women; that means that men can get a UTI too.
What is a UTI?
Your urinary system consists of the kidneys, ureters, bladder and urethra. A urinary tract infection – UTI – is an infection in any part of your urinary system, however, the majority of infections involve the lower urinary tract — the bladder and the urethra.
Whether you are a man or a woman, you may have a UTI if –
· You have a strong, consistent urge to urinate (even at night),
· You have a burning sensation when you do urinate,
· You notice that urine appears cloudy (the result of infection); or pink or red (a sign of blood in the urine), and/or
· You notice your urine is strong smelling.
Types of UTIs
UTIs can affect any part of your urinary tract, but depending on the part that is infected, you may have different symptoms.
· Kidneys: expect high fever, chills, upper back and flank pain and nausea/vomiting.
· Bladder: expect more frequent and very painful urination, and you may see blood in your urine.
· Urethra: expect discharge and burning while urinating.
How are Men at Risk?
A UTI is an infection. Men can contract infections when they have urinary tract abnormalities that cause urine to back up in the urethra; or when their kidney stones or enlarged prostate traps urine in the bladder. A man can also contract a UTI if he recently has had a urinary procedure or if he requires a catheter to urinate. Further, a compromised immune system can decrease a man’s defense against germs, putting him at higher risk of infection.
What Can Men Do?
Staying hydrated is essential to diluting and flushing out potentially harmful bacteria. Water or unsweetened cranberry juice are choices good to hydrate your system. After sexual intercourse, be sure to urinate to flush out any bacteria. After exercise or sweating, change your clothes or at least your underwear. Consider using wipes to keep your nether-regions clean and fresh.
If you should be diagnosed with a UTI, expect a dose of antibiotics. If dehydration is severe, you may require rehydration through IVs.
If you notice cloudiness or blood in your urine, or are experiencing excruciating kidney, back or flank pain, you may have a UTI and will want to seek immediate medical attention. Contact the experts at Ironwood Urology who can determine the severity of your condition and ensure proper action is taken. To learn more, call Dr. Desi Avila at (480) 961-2323, or request an appointment online.